Babiana 'Scintillation'

Common Name:
Baboon flower
Plant Type:
Cormous perennial
Iridaceae (The Iris Family)
Geographic Origin:
South and Southern Africa
California Native?:
Plant Size:
6-12 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.
Babianas are prolific, quickly forming compact, many-stemmed colonies. They have elongated corms, from which new shoots rise in the fall. Several pleated, fuzzy, sword shaped leaves are held nearly erect along each stem. In this selection, each stem bears in spring a spike of half to one inch blossoms with brightly contrasting lavender and white segments. Sun, reasonably well drained soil, little or no watering after the plants die down in late spring.