Massonia is a genus in the Hyacinthaceae family found in dry areas in southern Africa. Species have two prostrate or spreading leaves and a head-like inflorescence at ground level with large and leafy bracts and tubular flowers with the filaments shortly joined together at the base. Seeds are formed in a three angled papery capsule which as it dries elongates and easily lifts out or is detached to disperse the seeds. Most species are winter growers and bloom early so probably need to be started into growth in late summer, early fall. Easily grown from seed and making a nice pot plant; each year they increase in size and the leaves can soon become crowded.
Prostrate with yellow/white flowers fading to pink.
USDA Zone - 8
Season to sow - Autumn
Photos with credit to the late Rod and Rachel Saunders, eminent experts on South African indigenous flora.
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