Brunsvigia striata is a beautiful smaller species mainly from the winter rainfall region of the western Cape with large umbels of 8-30 light to mid pink flowers. The flowers bloom at 6-14 inches high in late summer to mid fall. The bulbs are about 4-5 centimetres across and produce 4-6 large, elliptical, leathery, tongue-like leaves often with attractive red margins and lie flat on the ground. The leaves appear after flowering, grow through winter and spring and go dormant in summer. Keep on the dry side when dormant in summer perhaps watering only once a month. Plant the bulbs with the neck protruding above the soil. This is a non-hardy bulb that can be grown as a houseplant or in a heated greenhouse or sunroom. It's perfect for those interested in bulbs and houseplants and for succulent lovers looking to branch out. Our nursery-grown bulbs are 5 years old and should now be reaching blooming size. The seeds for these plants were collected in Oorlogskloof. The flowers are light pink and the leaves similar to the Gifberg form but without the red margins.
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