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Bulbs from South Africa
Bulbes Sud-Africains

Photographs by Johann Nieuwoudt

Leigh Nieuwoudt of Simply Indigenous (SA Bulb Company) has sent us this list of summer-flowering bulbs suitable for hot dry summers and winter temperatures to -10˚C.

Leigh Nieuwoudt de la pépinière ‘Simply Indigenous’ (SA Bulb Company) nous a envoyé cette liste des bulbes à floraison estivale qui conviennent pour des été secs et chauds et des températures hivernales inférieurs à -10°C.

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Agapanthus ‘Black Magic‘
Hybrid. Almost black flowers in summer. Full sun.
Keep dry during winter dormancy
Agapanthus ‘Lilac Mist‘
Hybrid. Bell-shaped lilac flowers in summer. Full sun
Keep dry during winter dormancy
Agapanthus comptonii subsp. comptonii
Blue flowers in summer. Sun or semi-shade. Evergreen.
Needs a little water throughout the year.
Agapanthus inapertus subsp. pendulus
Blue pendulous flowers in summer. Full sun.
Needs well-drained soil. Keep dry during winter dormancy.
Agapanthus inapertus subsp. pendulus ‘Graskop‘
Deep purple pendulous flowers in summer. Full sun.
Needs well-drained soil. Keep dry during winter dormancy.
Agapanthus inapertus subsp. pendulus ‘White‘
White pendulous flowers in summer. Full sun.
Needs well-drained soil. Keep dry during winter dormancy.
Agapanthus praecox subsp. orientalis ‘Big Blue‘
Blue flowers in summer. Sun or semi-shade. Evergreen.
Needs a little water throughout the year.
Albuca altissima
White/greenish scented flowers, spring/summer.
Well-drained soil. Good for rockeries.
Albuca nelsonii
White flowers with greenish stripe, to 1m high. Evergreen.
Well-drained soil. Good for rockeries.
Albuca shawii
Yellow scented flowers, 15-40 cm high in spring/summer.
Keep dry during winter dormancy
Albuca sp. ‘Nottingham Road‘
White flowers in summer. Thick bright green leaves.
Keep dry during winter dormancy
Ammocharis coranica
Pink to burgundy scented flowers in summer.
Needs well-drained soil. Keep dry during winter dormancy.
Boophone disticha
Large fan-shaped leaves, pink flowers in summer. Full sun.
Needs very well-drained soil.
Brunsvigia grandiflora
Pink flowers in summer, to 80cm high. Full sun.
Needs very well-drained soil.
Bulbine narcissifolia
Succulent. Yellow flowers in autumn and spring. Full sun.
Needs very little water.
Crinum buphanoides
Fragrant white to pink flowers in summer. Full sun.
Needs well-drained soil. Keep dry during winter dormancy.
Crinum gramnicola
Deep pink flowers in summer, broad, spreading leaves.
Needs well-drained soil. Keep dry during winter dormancy.
Crocosmia paniculata
Dark orange flowers in summer on tall stems. Pleated leaves. Full sun.
Well-drained soil.
Cyrtanthus contractus
Orange flowers spring/early summer, followed by leaves. Full sun.
Needs well-drained soil. Keep dry during winter dormancy.
Dierama pendulum
Pink or white spring flowering varieties. Evergreen. Full sun.
Drimia capensis
White to yellowish flowers on tall stems in summer. Evergreen. Full sun.
Well-drained soil. Needs very little water in winter.
Drimia elata
Scented flowers on tall stems in a variety of colours in spring/summer.
Winter dormant.
Eucomis zambesiaca
Creamy white flowers in summer, to 25cm high. Full sun.
Winter dormant.
Gladiolus dalenii ‘Red Dazzle‘
Orange-red flowers in summer. Fast growing. Full sun.
Winter dormant.
Gladiolus papilio
Unusually coloured flowers in spring on tall stems. Full sun.
Winter dormant.
Hypoxis hemerocallidea
Yellow flowers in spring and summer. Full sun.
Keep dry during winter dormancy
Hypoxis sp.
Small yellow flowers in summer. Bright green leaves. Full sun.
Winter dormant.
Ledebouria ovatifolia
Pink flowers in spring and summer. Spotted leaves. Full sun.
Needs well-drained soil. Keep dry during winter dormancy.
Ledebouria sp.
Pinkish-purple flowers in early summer. Pale green leaves. Full sun.
Keep dry during winter dormancy
Merwilla plumbea
syn. Scilla natalensis
Blue flowers in summer, up to 25cm high. Full sun.
Needs well-drained soil. Keep dry during winter dormancy.
Nerine huttoniae
Large deep pink flowers in summer. Broad glossy leaves. Full sun.
Some water in summer. Keep dry during winter dormancy
Ornithogalum longibracteatum
Whiteish-green flowers in summer. Fast growing. Evergreen. Full sun.
Must be planted partially above ground. Needs very well-drained soil.
Prototulbaghia siebertii
Dwarf plant with white flowers in summer. Grass-like leaves. Full sun.
Keep dry during winter dormancy
Scadoxus puniceus
Orange-red flowers winter to spring. Sun or shade.
Keep dry when dormant.
Tulbaghia acutiloba
Green/orange sweetly-scented flowers throughout the year. Full sun.
Tulbaghia violacea
Lilac flowers with strong onion scent. Evergreen. Full sun.
Urginea altissima
White flowers with green stripe on tall stems in spring/early summer.
Well-drained soil. Needs very little water.
Watsonia angusta
Orange-red flowers in spring and summer. Evergreen. Full sun.
Watsonia knysnana x pillansii ‘Crimson Lake‘
Cerise pink flowers in summer. Fan-shaped leaves. Evergreen. Full sun.
Watsonia knysnana x pillansii ‘Helvetica‘
Pale pink flowers in summer. Fan-shaped leaves. Evergreen. Full sun.
Watsonia knysnana x pillansii ‘Pink Porcelain‘
Pale pink flowers in summer. Fan-shaped leaves. Evergreen. Full sun.
Watsonia pillansii
Orange-red flowers in spring and summer. Evergreen. Full sun.