Moraea gigandra / Large Peacock Flower / Seeds

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Moraea gigandra / Large Peacock Flower / Seeds

A showy plant for bulb enthusiasts, the Large Peacock Flower has big, striking violet blue flowers in spring.  Plants grow in the winter by sending up a single ribbed leaf, and flower in late spring and early summer.  Flowers have attractive sea-blue centres.  They reach a height of 30-50cm.


Moraea tulbaghensis grows best in the UK in pots of well drained potting compost.  They need somewhere frost free and with good light for growing in the winter, and the corms need to dry out completely in the summer after flowering has finished.  A heated and ventilated greenhouse or conservatory is best.


Pack of 30 small seeds.  Sow in the late summer/autumn. Flowering starts in the third season  Sowing instructions and a colour photo are printed on the packet.

 

These plants are increasingly rare now in the wild in South Africa, and these seeds come from cultivated plants grown in the Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden in Cape Town.


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Hardiness Tender perennial (forms corms)
Flowers Spring
Height 30 - 50cm
Spread 10 - 20cm
Conditions  Grow in full sun and well-drained soil, protected from frost
Sow

Sow in late summer/autumn.  Sow 3-4mm deep in pots of moist well drained seed compost.  Sow two to three seeds per pot.  Keep moist at 15-18C and germination takes 4-6 weeks.  Grow on in a light and frost free place in winter, when seedlings will grow.  

Grow

Keep seedlings in their original pots for two seasons.  Pot on in the third.  Pots must be allowed to dry out in the summer after the plants have finished flowering plants start to grow again in the autumn/winter, for spring flowering.   Protect from spider mites in spring.