Forest Lily (Veltheimia bracteata)

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9b -3.9 °C (25 °F) to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
Plant Height: 18 inches to 24 inches
Leaves: Other: wavy edged
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Green
Pink
Other: pink or green
Flower Time: Winter
Underground structures: Bulb
Suitable Locations: Houseplant
Uses: Provides winter interest
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Hummingbirds
Propagation: Seeds: Days to germinate: 35
Depth to plant seed: 3 times seed's dia.
Other info: a day/night temperature differential aids germination
Propagation: Other methods: Bulbs
Other: bulblets
Pollinators: Birds
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM

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Date: 2013-03-19
By xeronema
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Location: Phildelphia Flower Show 2013Date: 2013-03-02
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Deep Pink Form. Photo courtesy of Telos Rare Bulbs
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Location: Philadelphia Flower ShowDate: 2016-03-07exhibit
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Location: Coastal San Diego County Date: 2017-12-11Obtained plant from the San Diego Botanical Gardens
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Cream Form. Photo courtesy of Telos Rare Bulbs
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2014-03-01about to bloom
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-03-24Blooms over winter in basement.
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Location: Phildelphia Flower Show 2013Date: 2013-03-02
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Location: Coastal San Diego County Date: 2018-03-19
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2009-03-24grows under lights
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2013-12-14
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Comments:
Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Nov 1, 2011 2:13 PM

South African bulb Container plant for me grown under bank of fluorescent lights that blooms in February/March. Planted initially in the fall, Top tip even w/ soil line in 6" pot.Water moderately until shoots appear (form rosette), then water freely. Flower stalk is interesting, oft spotted. Feed monthly while growing and blooming with a liquid fertilizer. Once leaves start to show yellowing, cease watering and store dry till following fall. Produces a 4 - 5" flowering scape with up to 60 small tubular flowers. Flower head's bloom lasts about a month. Minimum temp 45°. Only re-pot after several years as plant doesn't appreciate root disturbance (inhibits flowering). Clearly a ray of sunshine in the midst of winter.

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Posted by Ispahan (Chicago - Zone 6a) on Nov 7, 2011 5:13 PM

A new houseplant for me. I am growing a deep pink form and a yellow form. So far, they have been very slow to grow but also uncomplaining and non-fussy. I have high hopes for these plants one they mature and bloom!

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Plant Events from our members
jmorth On March 12, 2015 Bloomed
in cool basement under lights
jmorth On March 3, 2015 Miscellaneous Event
This is my 2nd Velthemia to produce a flower bud of substance in basement under fluorescents and cool. (1st was the yellowish var.)
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