Summer hyacinth

Galtonia candicans

Photo/Illustration: 
Brent Heath
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Summer hyacinth (Galtonia candicans)
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Synonyms:  Hyacinthus candicans
Genus:  Galtonia
A native of South Africa, summer hyacinth sends up spikes of lovely white flowers in late summer amidst dark green, strap-like foliage, when many other perennials are done blooming. The tall spikes are fragrant and especially dramatic planted with darker foliage or flowers.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Fragrant, bell-shaped white flowers, tinged with green, and strap-like foliage make this plant welcome in the late summer garden.
Care:  Fertile, well-drained soil that is reliably moist in spring and summer. Full sun. Overwinter in a cool greenhouse or mulch deeply in areas with harsh winters.
Propagation:  Sow seed in containers in a cold frame as soon as ripe, keeping the seedlings frost-free for the first 2 years. Offsets can be removed in spring.
Problems:  Infrequent, but sometimes slugs and snails.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Fragrant Flowers,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
White Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower,
Suitable as Annual
Style
Cottage Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Bulbs

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