Babiana stricta
Babiana stricta

Babiana stricta

"Baboon flower"

Babiana stricta

20 bulbs — £3.80

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Orders placed 1 March - 15 April 2023
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Description

Babiana stricta carries a number of titles for such a small flower. It’s been called the Baboon Flower and the Blue Freesia, yet its only link with a baboon would be sharing its native habitat in South Africa with baboons, and when it comes to the blue flower aspect, Babiana stricta is available in several colours including violet blue, magenta, mauve and white now thanks to hybrids and cultivars. The funnel-shaped flowers of Babiana stricta open to around 5 cm (2 inch) in late spring and are easy to grow if planted in well-drained soil in a sunny spot. Babiana stricta plants are a great addition to gardens if planted around shrubs, along paths or in among other perennials.

Key features

  • Perfect for pots

  • Comes back every year

  • Fragrant

  • Loved by pollinators

  • Thrives well in full sun

  • RHS Award (AGM)

  • Drought tolerant

  • May need winter cover

  • Needs winter protection

  • Rodent resistant

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Babiana stricta

  • Flower colour

    Blue, purple

  • Leaf colour

    Green

  • Bulb size

    5/+

  • Established height

    20-30cm

  • Established spread

    5-10cm

  • Plant spacing

    100 bulbs per m2

  • Habit

    Upright

  • Life cycle

    Perennial

  • Hardiness

    Half hardy
    Tender

  • Years to establish

    1st year

  • Sunlight

    Full sun

  • Position

    Sheltered

  • Suitable for

    Pots
    Borders
    Exotic gardens

  • Soil acidity

    Any

  • Soil moisture

    Free draining
    Dry

  • Soil type

    Loam
    Sandy
    Multipurpose compost

  • RHS Award (AGM)

    Yes

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented

    Yes

  • Pollinator-friendly

    Yes

  • Mouse resistant

    Yes

  • Rabbit resistant

    Yes

  • Deer resistant

    Yes

  • Toxicity

    No report

Plant calendar

JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSepOctNovDec
  • Planting
  • Flowering

Other information

  • Orders placed before 1 March 2023
    You can expect your order in March 2023

    Orders placed 1 March - 15 April 2023
    You can expect your order in April 2023

    Orders placed 16 April - 15 May 2023
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

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