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Baboon Flower in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Babiana villosa

 

Baboon Flower

Babiana - or Baboon Flower - are native to South Africa, but can be grown in cooler climes, either indoors or, in mild Winter areas, outdoors. The leaves are narrow, ribbed sword-shaped, and the very fragrant and colourful flowers are upward-facing. Babiana villosa has red flowers (it is Summer-dormant)

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plant Features
  • Baboon Flower likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Baboon Flower likes very little water

    Very little water

  • Baboon Flower is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Baboon Flower likes free draining and fertile

    Free draining and fertile

 
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plant information

Common name

Baboon Flower

Latin name

Babiana villosa

type

Deciduous cormous perennial

family

Iridaceae

ph

6.0 - 7.5 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Baboon Flower likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Baboon Flower is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Soil

    Baboon Flower likes free draining and fertile

    Free draining and fertile

  • Water

    Baboon Flower likes very little water

    Very little water

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant
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    When the plant will bloom

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Baboon Flower is 0.35meters x 0.20meters 0.35 M 0.20 M

Babiana villosa

Babiana - or Baboon Flower - are native to South Africa, but can be grown in cooler climes, either indoors or, in mild Winter areas, outdoors. The leaves are narrow, ribbed sword-shaped, and the very fragrant and colourful flowers are upward-facing. Babiana villosa has red flowers (it is Summer-dormant)


Flowering

From Mid Summer TO Late Summer

Freesias very fragrant,upward facing, zygomorphic flowers (i.e. all flowers growing on one side of the stem) appear from mid Summer to late Summer

 

Planting prepared corms

From Early Spring TO Mid Spring

Prepared corms are corms that have been treated with heat to imitate the South African growing pattern, where they would grow after a dormancy period through the heat of Summer. Prepared corms are available for planting in Spring for blooming in mid Summer to late Summer - for one season only. Plant 5cm (2in) deep in moderately fertile, well-draining soil in a sheltered, sunny site..

 

Planting unprepared corms

From Late Summer TO Early Autumn

Unprepared corms (i.e. corms that have not been heat-treated to imitate the South African growing-cycle) can be planted outdoors in late Summer to early Autumn in mild-Winter areas that have very little frost. Plant 5cm (2in) deep in moderately fertile, well-draining soil in a sheltered, sunny site.These corms can stay in-situ to flower in Spring the following year.

 

Propagation by offsets

From Early Spring TO Mid Spring

Freesias are usually propagated by off-sets. In cool-climate areas, corms will need to be lifted in the mid Autumn to overwinter. Any off-sets attached to the lifted corms can be separated from the parent in the Spring, and re-planted when the parent corms are re-planted.

 

Propagating

From Early Spring TO Late Winter

Freesias can be grown from seed, but may not flowers for a few seasons. Soak the seed with warm water for 24 hours to soften the hard seed coat before sowing. Germinate in the dark at 13-18°C (55-64°F) in pots covered with tin-foil. Seeds may take several months to germinate. Pot the seedlings individually, and keep them moist - don’t allow them to dry out - and grow them on at a temperature of at least 5 deg.C (41 deg. F) and no higher than 10 deg.C

 
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