Plantidote of the Day 2012-06-27
Anomatheca laxa or Lapeirousia laxa
A South African native, false freesia is a relative of the iris with what sounds like an amazing ability to survive dry spells. From Plant Delights Nursery:
In its native habitat, anomatheca lives through hot, dry summers and often goes dormant in order to avoid the worst of the summer drought. It stays dormant until the following spring when it bursts forth with narrow 8" tall grass-like foliage. Anomatheca will bloom in late spring, just prior to going dormant. During its long dormant period, Anomatheca should stay dry, so plant it in well-draining soil to prevent the corms from rotting.
False freesias do best in Zones 8 through 10. For more details and information on growing them, check out these comments.
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