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Baboon Flower
Babiana rubrocyanea

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Babiana (ba-bee-AN-uh) (Info)
Species: rubrocyanea

Category:

Bulbs

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

Unknown - Tell us

Hardiness:

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)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Red

Blue-Violet

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Foliage:

Blue-Green

Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured

Other details:

Flowers are fragrant

This plant is resistant to deer

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From bulbils

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Mill Valley, California

Richmond, California

San Francisco, California

San Leandro, California

Beaverton, Michigan

Gardeners' Notes:

2
positives
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Jun 9, 2014, cynthia94941 from Tamalpais-Homestead Valley, CA wrote:

I don't have this variety of babiana, but I do have other varieties. It multiplies like crazy. Every year, I have to cull many of the bulbs from my planter boxes because otherwise they'd take up all the space.

Positive

On May 27, 2014, FlowerGem1 from San Francisco, CA wrote:

I bought this in a one gallon pot last year in early spring because I loved the color of the blooms. I did not water the plant at all in the summer (and we get no summer rain here in SF). In early spring this year again I was rewarded with many blooms. The flowers bloom in succession over several weeks. The flowers are amazingly lovely as well as being very colorful. This plant takes little effort here in San Francisco, and the gorgeous blooms arrive in early spring before many other flowers are blooming.

Neutral

On Nov 1, 2012, Patmisty1 from College Park, MD wrote:

This plant is in danger of extinction in its native South Africa. Make sure plants or bulbs were nursery grown.