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Veltheimia bracteata

Family: Hyacinthaceae
Genus: Veltheimia (velt-HIME-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: bracteata (brak-tee-AY-tuh) (Info)



Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

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Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers

This plant is suitable for growing indoors


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)


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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


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Bloom Color:

Pale Pink


Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring



Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From leaf cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


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


Brentwood, California

Los Angeles, California (2 reports)

Mckinleyville, California

Montecito, California

Newport Beach, California

Richmond, California

Sacramento, California

San Leandro, California

Vista, California

Clinton, Mississippi

Chillicothe, Ohio

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 6, 2014, Botanist101 from Clinton, MS wrote:

I am zone 8 and have not tried Veltheimia outdoors. However, I have experience growing this bulb in the greenhouse. Rule 1. Water when growing and allow soil to dry between waterings else you risk rot. Rule 2. Allow most of the bulb (2/3rds to 3/4ths) to be above the soil surface else they will rot if watered too much. Doing this reduces the chances of rot. Rule 3. NEVER ever water during its dormant phase which is a good portion of the year. At the first signs of green growth after the dormant period, then start to gradually water.

I killed my first 2 bulbs not following these rules. Now I have 4 and several side bulblets developing. I get a nice crop of blooms this time of the year. This is a must have for a collector.

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On Jul 15, 2013, santa_barbarian from Santa Barbara, CA wrote:

Effortless riparian beauty. This is one of the most amazing plants in my garden. I have it planted under oak trees in Santa Barbara and it thrives with only the rain we get in the winter---no other water. The winter blooms hang on till almost June, then the plant begins its decent to almost nothing, then resprouts in the fall to begin again. With a little effort, I can divide in the fall and replant in dappled shade.


On Feb 16, 2012, cinemike from CREZIERES,
France (Zone 8a) wrote:

I think this plant its hardier than generally thought. I have two pots of 6-month-old seedlings in my unheated greenhouse and they survived through two weeks of outside temperatures below -15C. The compost in the pots was totally frozen but no sign of either foliage or bulb damage.
Definitely worth a trial in zone 8 and maybe below.