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A nice flower by Egon Krogsgaard,

Author: Ernst Gottlieb von Steudel, 1840
Origin:  Cape Province; South Africa
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  2,5 Centimetres
Height:  25 Centimetres
Flower:  Pale Violet - Pale Blue
Propagate:  Seeds/Bulbs
Names:  Baboon-Root
Synonyms:  Gladiolus fragrans Jacq.
Babiana plicata
Ker Gawl. 1801.
Gladiolus distichus, Roem. & Schult. 1817.
Isonym: Babiana fragrans, Goldblatt & J.C. Manning, 2004).
Babiana disticha, Ker Gawl.
Babiana lilacina, Eckl.
Babiana punctata, Klatt.
Babiana reflexa, Ker Gawl.
Gladiolus fragrans Jacq.
Gladiolus reflexus Licht. ex Roem. & Schult.

This member of the Iridaceae family was given this name by Ernst Gottlieb von Steudel in 1840. It is found in the Cape Province of South Africa, growing in a well drained soil with some water and some to lots of sun. The bulb will grow to two and a half centimetre, the leaves reach 25 centimetres. The flowers are pale violet or blue.

The genus name is derived from the Dutch word baviaan, referring to the Chacma baboon, Papio ursinus, that consumes the corms of plants in the genus. The species name means 'emitting a smell, smelling; fragrant, sweet scented or smelling'.

It will flower in the very early spring.