This is one of the new bulbs that I have growing in the greenhouse that I hope will be able to be planted out in Gondwana eventually. It is South African and the name quadricolor points to the four colors in the blossom. The top of the outer petals are vivid orange and red blending into yellow and green, while the lower petals are green and maroon.
It is a relative of the Hyacinth, and only has two leaves, each of which is 6″ to 12″ long. The bloom stems have spots along it, although that apparently happens in only some of them. It is not uncommon for it to bloom for Christmas, but these ones decided to wait until the end of the year to start their display.
Pronunciation: lak-en-AH-ee-uh KWAD-ri-kol-or
Species Meaning: Four colored
Lachenalia quadricolor is native to South Africa.
Must be kept dry when dormant in summer.
In Our Garden
Plant ID: P20137
We acquired this plant from Cooperch999.