This bulb has large red-orange blossoms on a 10″ to 16″ bloom spike. Many have a black dot on each alternating tepal, making it appear like a star in the center. The anthers are navy blue. Bloom time in the greenhouse starts at the end of March.
Two subspecies exist, differentiated by the marking on the flowers. Ssp. deusta, which is what we have, has a reddish black blotch or stripe with a dark raised ridge or callus on every other petal. Ssp. miniate does not have these markings.
Pronunciation: try-TOH-nee-uh dee-US-tuh
Species Meaning: Burned
Tritonia deusta ssp. deusta is native to South Africa.
In Our Garden
Plant ID: P20140
In Gondwana, 1 bulb is planted between the first 2 stepping stones. 2 bulbs are in a single pot in the greenhouse. The greenhouse pots bloomed end of March and beginning of April. The one planted in Gondwana just came into bloom at the end of May, beginning of June.
We acquired this plant from Cooperch999.