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Eriospermum zeyheri
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Distribution: Africa: South Africa: Western Cape: Eastern Cape: Northern Cape:


This delightful South African endemic is spread widely over the arid areas of South Africa. The bulb has green heart shaped leaves rather similar to Eriospermum capense with which it often shares habitat. The latter usually has darker green leaves with reddish markings at the bottom although this may vary. The leaves of Eriospermum zeyheri are often pale green underneath.

The underground tuber is potato-like with protruding roots all over.

In autumn the raceme bears striking whitish flowers which are rather densely packed on axis.

Propagation is from seed which germinates readily or by dividing the bulbs.

This is a rewarding species to grow.


Eriospermum zeyheri Eriospermum zeyheri Eriospermum zeyheri Eriospermum zeyheri
The leaves are usually light green. A fairly large colony near Oudtshoorn Flowering east of Oudtshoorn in the Little Karoo. Near Oudtshoorn
Eriospermum zeyheri
Near Oudtshoorn.



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