Babiana rubrocyanea

Babiana rubrocyanea
Babiana rubrocyanea
Photos by James Gaither

Inky purple blooms with a glowing red center make this perhaps the most striking of the “Baboon Flowers” for the garden and this species is no slouch in terms of toughness either. Clay, drought, poor soil, deer – it takes all comers. Just watch out for those pesky baboons. Babianas like a dry Summer rest, but we’ve discovered that they can take some Summer water just fine. Where hardy, you’ll find that this species will increase every year, gently but steadily - profusely enough to share, but not so much as to ever be unwelcome. A fine bulb! Grows to 1’ high and is in flower from around mid-March to early-mid April. Summer deciduous and returns with the Winter rains. From South Africa.

Claire Woods

Full Sun
Low/Avg. Water
Perennial Bulb
USDA Zones 8-11