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Galtonia candicans


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Summer/autumn blooming bulb

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Galtonia candicans
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This is often called the Summer Hyacinth (it was once called Hyacinthus candicans), although it is not so fragrant and much more impressive when grown in bold groups either on their own or tucked among large herbaceous plants in a border. These handsome and stately flowers come from South Africa, and need a warm sunny position. The secret of success is to plant the large bulbs very deeply and leave them undisturbed, just covering them for winter protection, but they may also be lifted like gladioli or kept in large pots for patio display.

Family: Hyacinthaceae

Genus: Galtonia

Species: candicans

Plant type: Summer/autumn blooming bulb

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Chalky/alkaline, Sandy

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 120cm

Spread: 38cm

Time to divide plants: March to May

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