Veltheimia bracteata (is a frost hardy perennial semi-evergreen bulb with pink flowers in early Spring and late Winter. It grows well in shade and semi-shade, and prefers medium levels of water. The flowers are , , ) arranged in a inflorescence. It looks best in Spring and Winter.
Veltheimia bracteata grows in soils ranging from a pH of 5 (extremely acidic ranges from 0 to 5.1) to 7.5 (neutral ranges from 6.6 to 7.5). It is adapted to clay loam, loam, sandy clay loam and sandy loam soils, and prefers high fertility.
This is a erect bulb has a fast rate of growth and has a clump forming growth form, and has an ultimate height of 0.5m / 1.6ft and spread of 0.4m / 1.1ft. It can take 2-3 years to reach its ultimate height.
It has green leaves. They arein shape.
The plant prefers a sheltered situation.
Architectural, container plant, flower border and bed, shade plant, tropical effect, under shrubs and woodland margin.
Fruit and seed
The fruit is brown and the seed is black. There is a fruit/seed abundance beginning in Summer and ending in Autumn.
Propagation techniques include bulbs, division and seed.
South Africa, Eastern Cape.-6°C / 21.2F to 2-3 years 0.5m / 1.6ft 0.4m / 1.1ft
|Scientific classifications [Edit]|
|Specific epithet ?||bracteata|
|Forrest Lily (Australia), Sand onion (Ireland), Winter red hot poker (Ireland)|
References  ?
- Always test your soil to find out if it is alkaline, neutral or acid using a soil kit from a Garden Centre before buying plants. You will save yourself a lot of money in the long run. Otherwise plants may die or struggle to survive or you will have to buy a lot of compost to create special beds.
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