This is a striking and rare plant originating from Southern Africa and used for centuries as an ornamental plant and popular traditional medicine. Merwilla grows from large bulbs; parts of which sit above the soil. The bulbs produce lance-shaped leaves and tall flower spikes up to a metre with lots of star-shaped blue flowers along each spike. Flowers form in early to mid summer.
Merwilla likes a sunny or partially shady spot and is particularly effective in groups of plants, in pots or rockeries. It likes a well drained rich soil. It is considered hardy to -7°C, so will need protecting in colder areas, by mulching or lifting the bulbs over winter and replanting in spring.
Pack of 15 seeds. Sow in spring to autumn. Flowering starts in Years 3 and 4. Sowing instructions and a colour photo are printed on the packet.
Caution: Toxic if eaten / skin & eye irritant
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