Babiana Sambucina - Indigenous South African Bulb - 5 Seeds
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Babiana is a genus of flowering plants in the Family Iridaceae composed of about 80 species. Most of these species (about 49) are found in the south-western Cape of Africa, with the remainder distributed in Namaqualand and Northern Cape Province. The native range of the genus is from southern Namibia to the Eastern Cape to southern Zimbabwe, with one species from Socotra off the coast of Somalia (although this may not be a species of Babiana). The genus name is derived from the Dutch word babianer, referring to the African ape that consumes the corms of plants in the genus.
Hairy leaves and Fragrant mauve to purple flowers are a feature of this short 10cm plant. Flowers have white markings on lower lobes and expect flowering in early spring. Best sown in autumn.
USDA Zone - 8
Season to Sow - Autumn