Veltheimia capensis

Veltheimia capensis
photo: Ken Blackford

There are so many things I love about this bulb. The foliage consists of pretty, ruffly grey leaves and the flowers are long, pendulous pink clusters. The seeds that follow are pretty, too. They are pinkish, three-sided pods that continue to add interest after the bloom. Veltheimia capensis grows to about 1-2’ tall and blooms in late Spring-Summer. Native to Winter rainfall areas of South Africa. Found on rocky hillsides, so provide good drainage. Goes Summer dormant, at which time water should be withheld.

Kelly Kilpatrick

Full sun
Low-Average water

Deciduous bulb
USDA Zones 9b-11