• Veltheimia bracteata
  • Veltheimia bracteata
  • Veltheimia bracteata

Veltheimia bracteata

Forest Lily, Sand Onion, Poker Plant, Unicorn Root

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Quick Overview

  • Late winter-flowering bulbous perennial
  • Pink poker-like inflorescence
  • Attractive glossy foliage
  • Warm well-drained location
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Description

Veltheimia bracteata, Forest Lily, is a South African bulbous perennial with attractive glossy foliage resembling the genus Eucomis and an extraordinary tall raceme of pinkish tubular flowers borne on an inflorescence resembling a Kniphophia. In the UK it tends to flower in late winter to early Spring, any time from January and sometimes as late as April.

Veltheimia bracteata are not fully hardy in all parts of the UK but although they will not tolerate a hard frost they can brush off a light frost surprisingly well particularly if situated up against the warmth of a protective wall or beneath the canopy of overhanging branches. In such an aspect the beautiful glossy leaves are unaffected by a few degrees of frost.

Additional Information

Order Asparagales
Family Asparagaceae
Sub-Family Scilloideae
Synonyms No
Geographical Origin South Africa: Eastern Cape
Cultivation Well-drained fertile soil. Shade to semi-shade. Warm sheltered location or in a container to bring indoors in a bright aspect but not direct sun. Protect from slugs and snails
Eventual Height 40cm with inflorescence to 60cm
Eventual Spread 40cm
Hardiness Tender to half-hardy. Plants will take a light frost if planted up against a protective wall or in a similarly sheltered spot like under the canopy of protecting trees. Fleece if necessary. Otherwise in containers in a glasshouse or conservatory

Veltheimia bracteata

Forest Lily, Sand Onion, Poker Plant, Unicorn Root

Availability: In stock

£9.99
You could receive 20 Palm Points for writing a review and/or rating this product.

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