Each flowering stem of this bulb produces eight to twelve flowers that open consecutively over a period of three to four weeks. The flowers are fragrant, white, and starry, and have a conspicuous red/maroon center. Its linear, sword-shaped, 2- to 3-foot-tall leaves resemble those of Gladiolus, but are more slender and graceful.
CareProvide moist, well-drained soil in full sun. Plant corms in spring, when soil is warm, to a depth of 5 inches. Where not hardy, harvest corms in fall. Dry, clean, and store them in a cool, dry place with ventilation. This plant appreciates regular feeding to produce the most flowers.
PropagationSeparate corms, and small bulblets, in fall.
- Genus : Acidanthera
- Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
- Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
- Zones : 10, 11, 8, 9
- Moisture : Adaptable
- Plant Type : Bulbs
- Uses : Containers
- Bloom Time : Fall, Late Summer, Summer
- Characteristics : Fragrant Flowers
- Light : Full Sun
- Maintenance : Low
- Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
- Flower Color : White