Babiana Engysiphon - Indigenous South African Bulb - 10 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.

Growing to 10cm with narrow velvety leaves and dark violet flowers with white to pale yellow blotch on the lower tepals. Flowers Spring.

USDA Zone - 8

Season to Sow - Autumn


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