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Massonia amoena


Massonia amoena has blue-green to greyish leaves with raised dark green to dark grey pustules and tubular white flowers.

Massonia is a genus of peculiar, southern African, alien-like bulbs related to hyacinths that grow two opposite prostrate leaves that hug the ground topped with a stemless cluster of green, white or pink flowers that sit atop the leaves or rise on strange stalks. It's a perfect group for succulent lovers and those who love oddball things! M. amoena is a newly described species with blue-green to greyish leaves with raised dark green to dark grey pustules and fragrant tubular white flowers with lavender-pink-touched filaments and blue and black anthers. The leaves emerge in late summer and autumn and bloom in late autumn or early winter often experiencing heavy frosts and snow at the time of flowering! This species is likely hardy to zone 8. Reduce watering when dormant in summer but do not allow to go bone dry. Plant the bulbs with the top just below the soil surface. Though potentially hardy in coastal BC it is safest to grow as a houseplant or in a heated greenhouse or sunroom. It's perfect for those interested in bulbs and houseplants and for succulent lovers looking to branch out. Our nursery-grown bulbs are adult blooming size. Visit the webpage of the Pacific Bulb Society to view photos of this cool species.

Common Name: Hedgehog Lily - [Summer B&B Pre-Order]

Family: Asparagaceae (The Asparagus Family)

Zone Hardiness: 8-11

Light: Part Sun, Part Shade

Height: under 4"

Width: 8-12"

Primary Bloom Colour: White/Cream

Secondary Bloom Colour: Black

Class: Deciduous

Type: Tender

Bloom Time: Fall - Winter

Soil Moisture: Average

Stem Colour:

Fragrance: Yes


Benefits: Bees

Deer Resistant: Unknown

BC Native: No

Native Habitat: In seasonally moist seepage areas on rocky slopes and in flat, open, grassy areas from 1300-2300 metres in the Drakensberg and adjacent areas in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

Award: AGM

Geogrpahical Origin: Europe and Africa - Southern Africa and Madagascar

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