Joseph von Jacquin, 1791
||Southern South Africa
White - Cream - Pale Yellow
Massonia scabra, Thunb.
Massonia schlechtendalii, Baker.
This member of the
Hyacinthaceae family was given this name by Nicolaas Joseph
von Jacquin in 1791. It is
found in the winter rain areas of southern South Africa, growing in a well
drained soil with some water and lots of sun. The bulb can grow to
four centimetres, the leaves up to twelve centimetres long and have
more or less pustules. The flowers are from white over pale yellow
to cream coloured.
The genera name after Francis
Masson, 1741-1805, a British horticulturist, collecting in South
Africa. The species name means 'blister-like' for the leaves.
*)Accordantly to the latest taxonomic system; APG IV 2016, Hyacinthaceae
now part of
This is a winter-grower.