Anomatheca Cruenta

This is a most delightful plant for the late summer rock-garden, much like a miniature monbretia and with grass-like foliage. It is in bloom from mid-July until September. Though a native of South Africa, it seems quite hardy given the protection of rockery stone, even in the north, or it may be planted on a sunny slope. A single bulb will rapidly increase, the vivid salmon-coloured blooms with crimson blotches at the base of each petal looking especially attractive when planted in dumps. It enjoys a sunny position wherever it is planted and a soil containing liberal quantities of sand or grit.

Anomatheca Cruenta

The plants are easily raised from seed sown in a cold frame late in March. Or sow in a deep box in a frame, allow the foliage to die down naturally at the end of summer then pot six of the small corms to a 60-size pot the following March, stand in a cold frame until the buds form, then transfer to a light position in the home. The dainty blooms are held on to-in. stems and should be supported by small thin twigs pushed into the soil amongst the foliage.

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