Monday, January 5, 2015

Summer Hyacinth

Galtonia candicans
The fragrant, white, bell-shaped flowers are borne on stems up to 4 feet high, during mid-summer and lasting about 2 weeks. Up to 30 flowers may be borne per stem. They look best planted in groups. Summer Hyacinth is native to South Africa.
The lance-shaped leaves are grayish-green.
Hardy zones 6 to 10 ( mulch heavily during winter in 6 & 7 ) in full sun on fertile, very well drained soil. It likes regular moisture while actively growing during spring and summer, and drier conditions or no supplemental watering after. Pick their permanent site carefully as they do not like root disturbance or transplanting.

* historical archive photo

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