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Babiana rubrocyanea

Common Name:
Baboon flower
Plant Type:
Cormous perennial
Iridaceae (The Iris Family)
Geographic Origin:
South and Southern Africa
California Native?:
Plant Size:
8-12 inches
Landscape/Garden Uses:
flower gardens
Flowering Season:
Flower Color:
Sun or light shade
Well-drained soil
Suggested Irrigation:
Drought tolerant
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 15-20 degrees F.
Babiana rubrocyanea grows only 6-8 inches tall. Several pleated, fuzzy, sword shaped leaves are held nearly erect along each stem. Flowers are exceptionally large and colored deep purple with crimson centers. These are fine container plants but are also suitable for a variety of sites in the open garden. Sun, reasonably well drained soil, little or no watering after the plants die down in late spring.