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One colour more by Bill Dijk,

Author: Nicolaas Joseph von Jacquin, 1784
Origin:  Southern South Africa
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  3-4 Centimetres
Height:  10-15 Centimetres
Flower:  Orange - Red / Yellow / Creamy White
Propagate:  Seeds/Bulbs
Names:  Three-Coloured Lachenalia, Cape Cowslip
Synonyms:  Lachenalia aloides var. aloides Engl. 1899.
Scilla versicolor, Salisb.
Phormium aloides, L.f.

This member of the Hyacinthaceae family was given this name by Nicolaas Joseph von Jacquin in 1784. It is found in southern South Africa, growing in a well drained soil with some water and some sun. The bulbs will grow to four centimetres in diameter, the plant reaches ten to fifteen centimetres, 30 with the inflorescence with the orange-red, yellow and creamy white flowers.

The genera name is in honour of the Swiss botanist Prof. Werner de Lachenal (Warnerus de la Chenal )1739-1800. The species name means 'three coloured', which the flowers can be.

*)Accordantly to the latest taxonomic system; APG IV 2016, Hyacinthaceae is now part of the Asparagaceae.