A somewhat tender bulb native to rocky hillsides of southern Mexico and Guatemala. The flowers are bright red and up to 6″ in length. What sets them apart is the tube that extends out of the plane of the back set of petals, thus giving the flower an unusual shape. From within the tube, another sort of flower emerges. Each flower only lasts a few days, but it is worth it.
Long, dark green leaves emerge in spring and the flower comes soon after. They want to be dry over winter and will start growth when they get their first rains of the season. Excessive moisture will result in the bulb rotting. Stop watering when the leaves die down.
Pronunciation: sprek-EL-ee-uh for-mo-SIS-ee-muh
Species Meaning: Most beautiful
Sprekelia formosissima is native to Mexico and Guatemala.
Full sun and well drained soil. Protect from rain in winter. Provide some fertilizer during growing season.
Propagate through division of offsets or by seed. Does not tolerate disturbance well, so only divide and repot when absolutely necessary. Plants grown from seed may take 3-7 years to reach flowering maturity.
In Our Garden
Plant ID: P21021
These bulbs will remain in pots because they want winter protection from rain.
We acquired this plant from Brent and Beckys.