Deidré Anne Snijman, 1989
Kamiesberg; SW South Africa
Pink / Dark Pink
This member of the
was given this name by Deidré Anne Snijman in 1989. It is found in Kamiesberg in the
south-western South Africa, growing in a sandy soil with some water and
lots of sun. The bulb can grow to 3,5 centimetres in diameter, the entire plant
to fifteen centimetres in height. The flowers are pink with a darker pink centre. The leaves are minutely
pilose: Covered in fine soft hairs..
The name Hessea
commemorates Christian Heinrich Friedrich Hesse, 1772–1837, a Lutheran
minister who came to Cape Town from Hanover and grew succulents in his
garden. The species name incana from Latin; 'white-grey' -at
present, I fail to figure what part of the plant, as it is not mentioned
in the original description by Deidré Anne Snijman.
This is a
winter-grower, blossoming in the late winter - even in the snow!