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Galtonia candicans

Family: Hyacinthaceae
Genus: Galtonia (gal-TOH-nee-uh) (Info)
Species: candicans (KAN-dee-kans) (Info)

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6 members have or want this plant for trade.


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive crocosmiacat On Jan 14, 2014, crocosmiacat from Brunswick, ME wrote:

This plant has been a strong grower in my coastal Maine garden, zone 5A, for the last three years. I don't notice fragrance, but the tall stalks of white blooms are as regal as can be. It is planted near the west-facing wall of an unheated shed. My soil is a deep sandy loam.

Positive in2art On Apr 19, 2013, in2art from Bellevue, WA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Tall with attractive foliage and beautiful, fragrant blooms. Flowers seemed to last a long time. Purchased 3 plants, gathered some seed and let some fall. Winter sowed seed, both fallen and sown seed germinated well. Looking forward to lots more plants in the near future

Neutral mystic On Jul 26, 2002, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

I am not lucky enough to be able to leave them in the ground but you can dig the bulbs up in the fall. After the foilage has turned yellow and before frost dig the bulbs and store in peat in a cool dry place just like you would your Canna's or Dahlia's . This also makes a good container plant


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Alabaster, Alabama
Waverly, Alabama
Sherwood, Oregon
Greenville, South Carolina
Bellevue, Washington

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