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Massonia pustulata
  • RHS AGM

blistered massonia

M. pustulata is a small bulbous plant with a pair of spreading, elliptical leaves usually covered with small, raised bumps, and almost stalkless umbels of white, yellow or pale pink flowers in early winter

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Size
Ultimate height
Up to 10cm
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0–0.1 metre
Growing conditions
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer
Autumn Green
Winter Pink White Yellow Green
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

West–facing or South–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H2
Botanical details
Family
Asparagaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
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
S Africa (W Cape)

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in a cool glasshouse or alpine house in full sun. Water moderately in growth; reduce watering after flowering for a period of dry dormancy

Propagation

Propagate by seed or remove offsets when dormant

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

No pruning necessary

Pests

Glasshouse red spider mite may be seen

Diseases

Generally disease free

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