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Babiana angustifolia

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Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Babiana (ba-bee-AN-uh) (Info)
Species: angustifolia (an-gus-tee-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Babiana pulchra

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Category:
Perennials

Height:
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:
3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Hardiness:
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:
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Dark Blue

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Evergreen
Aromatic
Smooth-Textured

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

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

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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Profile:

1 positive
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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive RosinaBloom On Nov 7, 2012, RosinaBloom from Waihi
New Zealand wrote:

Babiana - commonly called 'Baboon Flower' because baboons dig for and eat the bulbs. There are about 80 South African species, but few are in cultivation.They are similar in habit and growth and requirements to the Sparaxis and tritonias. They provide a splash of colour in Spring when they are mass planted. The colour range predominantly blues and purples, is not found in any similar bulbs.

Regional...

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

Burlingame, California
Long Beach, California
Richmond, California
Richmond, Texas



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