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Green Cape Hyacinth, Green-flowered Summer Hyacinth
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Particularly loved because of its midsummer floral display on arching stems, green cape hyacinth bears flower spikes of drooping tubular pale green flowers with a faint fragrance. A dormant to semi-evergreen herbaceous perennial from Lesotho and South Africa, it grows from bulbs.
The fleshy, medium to gray-green leaves are broad and lance-shaped. In midsummer or late summer, depending on mildness of climate, leafless stalks rise, arch and bear light green flower buds that open to pendent light green flowers. Opening on the bottom of the compact spiked cluster first, each flower is faintly fragrant.
Grow green cape hyacinth in full to partial sun in a fertile, well-draining soil that is moist in spring and summer, drier in winter. In frost free areas the bulbs can create impressive plant clumps with impressive floral displays. In areas with frosts but mild winters the plants are deciduous and should be kept drier and mulched heavily; bulbs that must regrow foliage in spring flower later in summer, if not early autumn. In cold regions lift the bulbs in autumn and overwinter them indoors in shredded newspaper (like gladioulus) or grow in movable patio containers. This tender perennial is beautiful in accent clumps in a mixed border, adding a refreshing look to midsummer gardens alongside gladiola and bellflower.
10 - 7
7 - 10
H1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Bulb or Corm or Tuber
Full Sun, Partial Sun
2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m
11"-14" / 27.9cm - 35.6cm
Summer, Late Summer
Southern Africa, South Africa
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Light Green, Gray Green
Container, Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Tropical
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