BABOON FLOWER

FAMILY: Iridaceae | GENUS: babiana

TYPE
  • Perennials
  • Corms
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
  • Partial Shade
WATER
  • Regular Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • LS (Lower South) / Zone 8
  • CS (Coastal South) / Zone 9
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 10
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 11

Plant Details

These easy-to-grow plants from Africa bear spikes of flowers in jewel-like tones of blue, lavender, purple, or red. Each flowering stem bears six or more 2 inches-wide blooms in mid- to late spring. Ribbed, hairy leaves grow in fans. Plant corms 46 inches deep, 6 inches apartas edging, in a rock garden, or in pots. In the Lower, Coastal, and Tropical South, plant out in fall; in the Upper and Middle South, plant in spring. In the Upper and Middle South, lift and store corms in fall. Where corms can overwinter in ground, leave them in place; they'll multiply and bloom more profusely each year. Plants get their common name from the fact that baboons like to eat the cormsso don't plant them if baboons are a problem in your neighborhood.

B. rubrocyanea

  • Ruby-throated royal blue blossoms on 6 inches stems.

B. stricta

  • Flowers in royal blue, purple, lavender, white, or blue and white appear on stems to 1 feet tall.

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