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South African and Australian Natives

Babiana pygmaea three bloom size corms

Baboon Flower  This is the largest flower in the genus Babiana on a short, well-behaved plant.  It is very easy to grow provided that it has a dry rest in the summer.  Very rare, it is only known from the Hopefield district in South Africa. It has soft yellow flowers with a dark purple eye in late winter.  I have read online that the flowers are not scented, but mine smell sweetly of cupcakes!  As a winter grower, it will be dormant all summer.  I grew these corms from Silverhill seed, so they are virus free.

(Iridaceae)   3 corms are included with each order. These will ship when dormant from spring through late summer.  If you place an order with other plants when it is still growing, it will ship separately later.  The common name in South Africa is Geelbobbejaantjie!


Light: Full sun.

Water: Moderate to heavy requirements provided that the soil is sharply draining.

Soil: Well-drained.  If it's in a container, make sure it's a deep one.

Fertilizer: A slow-release bulb fertilizer is appreciated. 

Hardiness: USDA Zone 9

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