Babiana villosa
“Red Babboon Flower”

Babiana villosa Babiana villosa

Available just once a year in late Winter/early Spring, if you see this spectacular South African cutie, you’d best grab one fast! Near-threatened due to habitat loss in its homeland, it adapts well to well-drained containers, mixed plantings and rock gardens, providing a splash of vivid color over a long period when it blooms in Spring. Growing to 7-14” tall, flowers can vary from pink-red to red to purple. Handsome spear-shaped foliage is attractively pleated. Its corms are a delicacy for baboons in the southwestern Cape, thus the colorful common name. Native to clay flats, it should do just fine here in the clay-infested Bay and beyond. Excellent for Summer dry climates, as it needs a dry Summer rest. Naturalizes politely over time.

Full Sun
Avg./No Summer Water

Perennial Bulb
USDA Zones 9-10