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Cyanella capensis - L.

Common Name Lady's Hand
Family Amaryllidaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Flats and hillsides of the Cape Peninsula[245].
Range S. Africa.
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Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Cyanella capensis Lady


Cyanella capensis Lady

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Cyanella capensis is a BULB growing to 0.3 m (1ft).
It is frost tender. It is in flower from July to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

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Synonyms

Plant Habitats

 South Wall. By. West Wall. By.

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Root
Edible Uses:

Bulb - cooked[105]. Roasted as a vegetable, it is used as an onion substitute[2].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

Scented Plants

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Cultivation details

Prefers a light sandy soil[42]. Requires a very warm sunny position in a well-drained soil, it is best grown at the foot of a south-facing wall or in a south-facing bed[1, 200]. Plants have deeply seated corms and are very drought resistant once established[282]. Plants are not very frost hardy, but they can be grown outdoors in the milder areas of the country if given a good mulch[1, 200]. Plant the bulbs 15cm deep in autumn to flower in spring or in the spring to flower in the summer[1, 200]. Lift the bulbs when they die down, dry them and store in a cool place until it is time to replant[1]. Flowers are produced in 3 - 4 years from seed[200]. The flowers are scented[245]. This species is probably no more than a synonym for C. hyacinthoides[200].

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Plant Propagation

Seed - sow the seed thinly in the autumn in a greenhouse so that it will not be necessary to thin the seedlings. Once the seed has germinated, grow on the seedlings in the same pot for their first year[200], giving an occasional liquid feed to ensure that they do not become mineral deficient. Pot up 2 - 3 small bulbs to a pot when the plants are dormant and grow them on in a greenhouse until the bulbs reach flowering size. Plant them out in the spring, after the last expected frosts. Division of offsets when the plants are dormant. Larger bulbs can be planted straight out into their permanent positions, but it is best to pot up the smaller bulbs and grow them on for a year in a cold frame before planting them out.

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Cyanella amboensisLady's HandBulb0.0 -  LNM10 
Cyanella hyacinthoidesLady's HandBulb0.3 8-11  LNDM10 
Cyanella luteaLady's HandBulb0.2 8-11  LSNM10 
Cyanella orchidiformisLady's HandBulb0.3 8-11  LSNM10 

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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