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PlantFiles: Baboon Flower
Babiana rubrocyanea

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

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

11 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

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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

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring


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:

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:
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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive cynthia94941 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 FlowerGem1 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 Patmisty1 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.


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

Mill Valley, California
Richmond, California
San Francisco, California
San Leandro, California
Beaverton, Michigan

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