Lachenalia (Leopard Lily) Exhibition Sat 15th March - Sun 6th April
Exbury has a fine Lachenalia collection, which grows alongside the famous collection of of Nerine sarniensis, traditionally displayed during October. In 2014 the collection will be on show in the Gardens Five Arrows Gallery until Sunday 6th April, alongside a wider collection of South African bulbs. Don't miss this spectacle which draws together a collection not seen anywhere previously in the world!
Lachenalias (also known as the Cape Cowslip or the Leopard Lily) are a family of about 120 species, belonging to the greater Hyacinthaceae family. They are winter flowering bulbs, which originate from the winter rainfall region of southern Africa, being dormant in summer, and growing and flowering in winter.
At Exbury the first lachenalias will begin to flower in autumn with the last ones flowering in early spring. However, the bulk of the lachenalias will flower from February to April.
Our fine collection also contains many of the lachenalia variations, extending to over 120 different species or variations.
These cool greenhouse plants grow in a good range of colours, including the golden yellow Aloides, through to magenta, coral-red, yellow, purple and green colours. Many lachenalias have spotted leaves, whilst some have pustules like drops of water.
For more information on lachenalias, visit the website: www.nerines.com/lachenalias.html