The flowers on this plant are quite unique. They are made up of two groups of three petals layered on top of each other and twisted. The texture almost looks like fine china. Wide, grass-like, hairy foliage is about 3″ tall and the leaves have defined ribs. Flowers are just slightly taller and are generally white with a deep magenta throat. Apparently, they can also produce pink ones, but none of mine have.
Pronunciation: roh-doh-hy-POKS-iss BOUR-ee-eye
Species Meaning: Named for Dr. George Herman Carl Ludwig Baur, 19th century German professor and collector
Rhodohypoxis baurii var. platypetala is native to South Africa.
They are native to the eastern part of southern Africa, particularly in the Drakensberg mountains in the province of Natal, South Africa and Lesotho. This is a region of summer rainfall with relatively dry winters and so need to given some protection in our winter, otherwise they will rot.
Propagation is by dividing the corms/stolons when dormant.
In Our Garden
Plant ID: P21103
Found in Greenhouse,
We acquired this plant from Pacific Bulb Society exchange.