geissorhiza

Geissorhiza splendidissima 

These beautiful flowers belong to the species Geissorhiza splendidissima (Asparagales - Iridaceae), a deciduous geophyte with brilliant dark purple-blue flowers, endemic to the Nieuwoudtville area in Northern Cape, South Africa, and locally known as the Blue pride of Nieuwoudtville.

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Photo credit: ©Jeffs Bulbesetpots | Locality: cultivated (2014)

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Geissorhiza radians

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Sometimes called wine cups, due to their resemblance of a long stemmed glass filled halfway with red wine. G. radians, from South Africa, are in the Iris family, Iridaceae. These plants are rarely seen in cultivation and prefer areas with winter temperatures that range between 7-23 degrees Celcius. Such a shame that they can only by grown in a few select areas as there’s nothing that quite beats that striking combination of ruby red and sapphire blue! 

A primavera já vem!

Eis uma selecção de flores bulbosas, todas elas sul-africanas, da esquerda para a direita são: Geissorhiza corrugata, Lachenalia aurea, Romulea monadelpha, Cyrtanthus galpinii, Hesperantha pauciflora, Romulea komsbergensis. Excepto a Cyrtanthus, cultivámos todas elas desde sementes.

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