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Babiana

Babiana are bulbous plants native of western southern Africa, especially Namaqualand and the Western Cape. Most species make short and broad iris like leaves with prominent veines and showy bright colored flowes in shades of violet-blue, pale yellow or scarlet. All species are easily grown in any rich, well drained soil in full sun throughout the year. During dormancy keep plants rather dry and in winter at a minimum of some 10°C with watering reduced to a minimum. Excellent in a frostfree greenhouse or wintergarden, for their small to medium tall size they can be grown in rather small pots on window sills as well. Most species will already gain flowering size within one year.
Sow the small seeds on top of any well drained substrate and cover them slightly with sand. Keep pots in full sun at some 20°C throughout the year and soil always slighly moist from beneath. A temperature drop at night down to some 10°C to 15°C will siginificantly enhance germination in several species.
20 seeds per package.
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Babiana ambigua

Babiana ambigua

5 (10)cm, makes rather large, blue, sweetly fragrant flowers with light yellow inner markings. Native from sandy flats and lower slopes in the Western Cape. For any rich, well drained substrate in a sunny spot throughout the year. During dormancy and in winter keep drier at a minimum of some 10°C. VI-VIII.
20 seeds per package.

price (plus Shipping Costs)
seed package 3946 € 7,99
Babiana angustifolia

Babiana angustifolia

10 (25)cm, a showy species with dark blue flowers and a dark purplish-black throat and short, ribbed, mid green leaves. Native from semi wet soils in the Northwestern and Southwestern Center in the Cape. For any rich, well drained substrate in a sunny spot throughout the year. During dormancy and in winter keep drier at a minimum of some 10°C. VI-VIII.
20 seeds per package.

price (plus Shipping Costs)
seed package 3947 € 4,99
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Babiana cuneata

Babiana cuneata


20 seeds per package.

price (plus Shipping Costs)
seed package8597 € 4,99
Babiana curviscapa

Babiana curviscapa

15 (20)cm, a nice species with broad, dark green leaves with prominent veins and rich lilac, red or pale rose flowers with a white blotch on two of its petals. For any rich, well drained soil. Keep frostfree in winter with reduced watering and a minimum of some 5°C. An excellent pot plant for an unheated greenhouse, cold wintergarden or sunny window sill. VI-VII.
20 seeds per package.

price (plus Shipping Costs)
seed package 6262 € 4,99
Babiana dregei

Babiana dregei

10 (15)cm, has dark purplish blue flowers with a white basal blotch and short, strongly ribbed and hard, bluish-green leaves with an acute tip. It is native of rock crevices in mountain slopes and hills in the Namakwaland Klipkoppe. For any rich, well drained substrate in a sunny spot throughout the year. During dormancy and in winter keep drier at a minimum of some 10°C. VI-VIII.
20 seeds per package.

price (plus Shipping Costs)
seed package 3948 € 4,99
Babiana fragrans

Babiana fragrans

15 (20)cm, a dwarf species with broad, dark green leaves with prominent veins and pale yellow, pale rose to lilac-blue, slightly fragrant flowers on a short branching stem. For any rich, well drained substrate. Keep frostfree in winter with reduced watering and a minimum of some 5°C. An excellent pot plant for an unheated greenhouse, cold wintergarden or sunny window sill. Seeds from two color forms are available: pale yellow and violet-blue. VI-VII.
20 seeds per package.

price (plus Shipping Costs)
seed package (violet-blue)9043 € 4,99
(violet-blue)
seed package (yellow)6260 € 4,99
(yellow)
Babiana lineolata

Babiana lineolata

15 (20)cm, a small species with hairy leaves and pale violet flowers. For any rich, well drained substrate. Keep frostfree in winter with reduced watering and a minimum of some 5°C. An excellent pot plant for an unheated greenhouse, cold wintergarden or sunny window sill. VI-VII.
20 seeds per package.

price (plus Shipping Costs)
seed package9540 € 4,99
Babiana melanops

Babiana melanops

20cm, a showy species with pale to rich ink-blue or more rarely winered flowers. Easily grown in any rich, well drained substrate in a sunn spot. During dormancy in winter keep bulbs drier at a minimum of some 10°C. III-IV.
20 seeds per package.

price (plus Shipping Costs)
seed package8598 € 7,99
seed package
Babiana mucronata

Babiana mucronata


20 seeds per package.

price (plus Shipping Costs)
seed package8599 € 4,99
Babiana odorata

Babiana odorata

5 (15)cm, a dwarf species with pale lemon flowers and short and broad, iris like leaves. Native from clay soils in the Western Cape. For any rich, well drained substrate in a sunny spot throughout the year. During dormancy and in winter keep drier at a minimum of some 10°C. VI-VIII.
20 seeds per package.

price (plus Shipping Costs)
seed package 3951 € 4,99
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Babiana patersoniae

Babiana patersoniae

5 (15)cm, sweetly fragrant purplish blue to pale bluish-white flowers and short, iris like leaves. Native from clay soils from Caledon to the Eastern Cape. For any rich, well drained substrate in a sunny spot throughout the year. During dormancy and in winter keep drier at a minimum of some 10°C. VI-VIII.
20 seeds per package.

price (plus Shipping Costs)
seed package 3952 € 4,99
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Babiana patula

Babiana patula

15 (20)cm, amongst the most beautiful member in this genus with showy, bicolored, strongly scented flowers with mauve and yellow markings. From clay soils from the south-western Cape to the Southern Cape and to Langeberg Mountains. For any rich, well drained soil. Keep frostfree in winter with reduced watering and a minimum of some 5°C. An excellent pot plant for an unheated greenhouse, cold wintergarden or sunny window sill. VI-VII.
20 seeds per package.

price (plus Shipping Costs)
seed package 6259 € 5,99
Babiana purpurea

Babiana purpurea

15 (20)cm, a small species with fragrant white, rose or blue and white flowers. For any rich, well drained susbtrate. Keep frostfree in winter with reduced watering and a minimum of some 5°C. An excellent pot plant for an unheated greenhouse, cold wintergarden or sunny window sill. Seeds from a purplish-blue flowering form. VI-VII.
20 seeds per package.

price (plus Shipping Costs)
seed package9541 € 4,99
Babiana pygmae

Babiana pygmae


20 seeds per package.

price (plus Shipping Costs)
seed package8299 € 4,99
seed package
Babiana sambucina

Babiana sambucina

10cm, showy mauve flowers with a white blotch on lower petals and narrow, hairy leaves. Native of sandstone slopes from the Bokkeveld Mountains to Port Elizabeth, Karoo and Eastern Cape. For any rich, well drained substrate in a sunny spot throughout the year. During dormancy and in winter keep drier at a minimum of some 10°C. VI-VIII.
20 seeds per package.

price (plus Shipping Costs)
seed package 3953 € 4,99
Babiana sinuata

Babiana sinuata


20 seeds per package.

price (plus Shipping Costs)
seed package8600 € 4,99
Babiana thunbergii

Babiana thunbergii


20 seeds per package.

price (plus Shipping Costs)
seed package8300 € 4,99
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Babiana tubiflora

Babiana tubiflora


20 seeds per package.

price (plus Shipping Costs)
seed package8601 € 4,99
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Babiana vanzyliae

Babiana vanzyliae

5 (15)cm, has pale yellow flowers and lanceolate, ribbed leaves. Native of sandstone soils in the Western Cape. Native of rocky sandstone soils from the Northwest Center to southern Namaqualand. For any rich, well drained substrate in a sunny spot throughout the year. During dormancy and in winter keep drier at a minimum of some 10°C. VI-VIII.
20 seeds per package.

price (plus Shipping Costs)
seed package 5045 € 4,99
Babiana villosa

Babiana villosa

30cm, makes most ornamental bright winered flowers above strongly ribbed leaves. Native of clay soils in flats from Tulbagh to Malmesbury in the Northwest and Southwest Center. For any rich, well drained substrate in a sunny spot throughout the year. During dormancy and in winter keep drier at a minimum of some 10°C. VI-VIII.
20 seeds per package.

price (plus Shipping Costs)
seed package 5046 € 7,99
seed package