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Veltheimia bracteata ~ Forest Lily

Veltheimia bracteata will naturalize in shaded gardens where the Summers are dry and the Winters warm.  The Forest Lily is Summer deciduous in most gardens and seems to resent Summer irrigation.  Veltheimia bracteata blooms late Winter into early Spring.    The foot long wavy margined leaves or the Forest Lily are somewhat succulent and a treat for snails.  Veltheimia bracteata grows a foot to 18" tall and slowly spreads by dividing bulbs after flowering.  Velthemia bracteata is native to South Africa.  Veltheimia bracteata is Winter hardy into the high teens, though it may skip blooming for a season if temperatures drop below 20° F.

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Veltheimia bracteata, Forest Lily 

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