Gustav Adolf Engler, 1899
Cape; South Africa
||Sand - Mix
Orange - Red / Green
Phormium bulbiferum, Domenico Maria Leone Cirillo, 1788.
Lachenalia pendula, William Aiton.
Lachenalia bifolia, W.F.Barker ex G.D.Duncan.
Lachenalia linguiformis, Lam.
Scilla decora, Salisb.
Aletris bifolia, Burm.f.
This member of the Hyacinthaceae family was given this name by
Heinrich Gustav Adolf Engler in 1899. It is found
in the Western Cape in South Africa, growing in sandy or other well drained soil with
some water and some to lots of sun. The caudex can grow to four
centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to 20 centimetres in
flowers are from orange to red with green tips.
The genera name is in honour of
the Swiss botanist Prof. Werner de Lachenal (Warnerus de la
Chenal), 1739-1800. The specific name bulbifera from the
Latin: bulbi, meaning 'bulbs', and fero, meaning 'bearing'
or 'carrying', and referring to the bulbils that often develop along the
leaf base margins in certain forms of this species.
*)Accordantly to the latest taxonomic system; APG IV 2016, Hyacinthaceae
now part of
This is a winter-grower.