Lachenalia mutabilis, Mutabilis Cape Cowslip

Lachenalia mutabilis

Mutabilis Cape Cowslip
Family: Asparagaceae    (Formerly:Hyacinthaceae / Liliaceae)
Subfamily: Scilloideae
Origin: South Africa
Small plant 2-5 ftFull sunModerate waterUnusual colorBlue, lavender, purple flowersWhite, off-white flowersPink flowers

Lachenalia mutabilis, also known as Mutabilis Cape Cowslip, is an attractive perennial evergreen with daisy-like flowers. It is native to South Africa and is popularly grown as an ornamental plant throughout the world. These small plants are excellent in garden, as they are easy to cultivate, and they offer joyous splashes of unusual colors in the garden.

The most common colors for the flowers of Lachenalia mutabilis are pink, white, off-white, blue and lavender, but some varieties may also feature purple flowers. The flowers are daisy-like, with prominent yellow centers. It produces multiple flowers on a single stem, creating quite a stunning display of color.

Lachenalia mutabilis plants thrive in full sun and need moderate water to maintain growth. These plants require well-drained soil, and they make excellent container plants, so they can be moved around the garden or indoors, depending on the season or temperatures. In very cold regions, they should be kept in containers that can be brought indoors during the winter.

When planting Lachenalia mutabilis, keep in mind that the plants prefer well-draining, sandy soils. Water the plants regularly, but be sure not to over water them. If you are growing them as annuals, you will need to fertilize them every so often. If you choose to grow these plants in cold regions, make sure to properly insulate the pot using mulch or other insulating materials. In the springtime, you may need to water them more to help them through their growth cycle.

Lachenalia mutabilis is a great choice for gardeners looking for a colorful, low maintenance and hardy plant. Its cheery daisy-like flowers and unusual range of colors make it an eye-catching addition to any garden. With proper care, it will reward your efforts with a bright and beautiful display of color year after year.

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Lachenalia mutabilis, Mutabilis Cape Cowslip

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