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Veltheimia

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
vel-thay-mee-uh
Description

There are two species of Veltheimia that bloom at different times of the year. One in spring and one in autumn to early winter. Flower color varies also from reds to yellows. They are very ornamental bulbs from South Africa.

Plant in at least a 6-inch pot at a 1-inch depth with the top just showing above the surface         

 

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Cultivars / Varieties:
  • V. bracteata
V. bracteata
Tags:
#sun#bulb#showy flowers#partial shade#specimen#container plant#ornamentals
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • V. bracteata
V. bracteata
Tags:
#sun#bulb#showy flowers#partial shade#specimen#container plant#ornamentals
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Veltheimia
    Family:
    Asparagaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Bulb
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    South Africa
    Bulb Storage:
    If possible, do not store bulbs. If stored, keep dry at 77°F (25°C). When bulbs are in containers place at 50-60°F (10-16°C) to overwinter
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Bulb
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Maintenance:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    9b, 9a, 10b, 10a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Description:
    Large papery 3-winged capsules contain small pear-shaped seeds.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Pink
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Winter
    Flower Shape:
    Tubular
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    It flowers in a pendant-shaped raceme with Individual flowers being tubular in shape and average 1-in in length. Flower color varies as does bloom time.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Fleshy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Whorled
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Undulate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are narrowly lance-shaped, thick and bluish-green in color with wavy edges. They are up to 16 inches long and 1-2 inches across and are whorled around the stem.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Houseplants