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Tritonia

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
try-TOH-nee-uh
Description

Small bulbous flowering plants in the iris family native to S. Africa. They have strap-like leaves with flowers in shades of yellow, orange, pink or white and give off a pleasant fragrance, especially at night. There are several plants within the genus. Most bloom in spring to summer but others bloom late summer into fall. Flowers are showy and profuse.

General care: plant in soil enriched with humus in full sun to a depth of 2 inches and 3 inches apart. They prefer moist soil during the growing season and drier when dormant. They can be lifted in the winter to prevent rotting in heavy wet winter soils. 

Use for naturalizing, in a border or a cutting garden.

 

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • T. crocata
Tags:
#bulb
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • T. crocata
Tags:
#bulb
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Tritonia
    Family:
    Iridaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Bulb
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Southern Africa
    Bulb Storage:
    Store corms in peat at 35-41°F (2-5°C)
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Bulb
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Pink
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Good Cut
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Trumpet
    Flower Petals:
    6 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Trumpet-shaped flowers in various colors occurring in clusters
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Strap-like green leaves.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Naturalized Area
    Slope/Bank
    Landscape Theme:
    Cutting Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border