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Massonia echinata

prickly massonia

M. echinata is a winter-active bulb producing a pair of broad, rounded leaves up to 25cm long, which lie flat on the ground, and may be smooth, hairy or pustulated. The purple-tinged white flowers are honey-scented and appear in winter

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Size
Ultimate height
Up to 10cm
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer
Autumn Green
Winter Purple White Green
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H2
Botanical details
Family
Asparagaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Matforming
Genus

Massonia are bulbous perennials with two oblong to elliptic leaves and dense heads of white or pink flowers of which the large stamens are the prominent part, usually opening in winter

Name status

Correct

Plant range
South Africa (Cape)

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in a frost-free greenhouse in pots of free-draining compost. Start into growth by watering from early autumn, feeding monthly with a phosphate-free liquid feed. Removal of flowers as soon as they fade will help to avoid problems with grey mould. Stop watering when the leaves start to yellow in spring

Propagation

Propagate by seed

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Patio and container plants
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Generally problem free

Diseases

Susceptible to grey moulds

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