It was in my ever-widening search for more plants that I discovered Africa. South Africa that is, specifically the southern Cape region.
Some really cool plants come from there, and many of them bloom in the winter and early spring. I'm happy to say the Lachenalia I purchased and bloomed last year is flowering again. The variety is 'Rupert', and it's a luscious lilac purple color.
|In its first year, planted early November. By Dec. 21, |
Lachenalia 'Rupert' put out some impressive leaves.
First its leaves emerge--each as substantial as a leather strap, in a vivid green with irregular spots of deep burgundy.
It was the Lachenalia's need for supplemental light that led me to purchase lighting fixtures. When the leaves appear, they'll tend to be floppy, especially if they don't get enough light.
|Chubby little flower spikes emerge slowly.|
|Lachenalia 'Rupert' grows flower spikes that lengthen as they mature to a height of around 10".|