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Forest Lily Veltheimia

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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.

Veltheimia bracteata flowers in the spring and is from the eastern part of South Africa.  This almost evergreen species grows best in light shade and will benefit from reduced watering in the summer.  They have shiny pale to deep green leaves and pink tubular flowers.  It can range from evergreen in some climates to leafless for a few late summer months into fall in other climates.

Veltheimia capensis is from western South Africa, which has a dryer climate. It flowers from fall into early winter.  Growing in full sun will encourage this deciduous plant to flower.  Blooms in late fall into winter on rocky slopes.  This deciduous species has a dull gray-green to grayish foliage.  It reddish-pink flowers are clustered into a dense head.  

Plant in at least a 6-inch pot at a 1-inch depth with the top just showing above the surface.   When growing from seed, ensure that the pots are located in a shady area and receive a daytime to nighttime temperature swing.       

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  No serious issues.

 

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
Veltheimia bracteata, Veltheimia capensis
Tags:
#bulb#showy flowers#full sun tolerant#drought tolerant#specimen#tropical perennials#ornamentals#pollinator plant#partial shade tolerant#pollinator garden#tropical#container plants
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Veltheimia bracteata, Veltheimia capensis
Tags:
#bulb#showy flowers#full sun tolerant#drought tolerant#specimen#tropical perennials#ornamentals#pollinator plant#partial shade tolerant#pollinator garden#tropical#container plants
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Veltheimia
    Family:
    Hyacinthaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Bulb
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    South Africa
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts pollinators and birds.
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Attracts Pollinators
    Colorful
    Easy to Grow
    Wildlife Food Source
    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
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 6 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Bulb
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil pH:
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    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
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Diseases
    Drought
    Insect Pests