L = Lachenalia



Lachenalias come from the winter rainfall areas of South Africa and are relatives of the hyacinth. There are about 120 species and several hybrids. The first to flower, in late October, is the red L. rubida, soon followed by the blue L. viridiflora and the red L. bulbifera, which flower around Christmas. Some are delightfully scented.  You can see a selection of lachenalias exhibited at Exbury in early spring.


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