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I don't know why this extremely hardy, bulbous perennial from South Africa isn't in everyone's garden.
A lovely, deer-proof member of the Hyacinth family and formerly a member of the Lily family, Galtonia candicans has been at home in my gardens for over 20 years and seems to uncannily coordinate the commencement of its long bloom period with the Summer Solstice, almost to the day. I have it growing in full shade and in full sun, in average soil, in dry soil and in moist soil. It seems to do equally well in all of the aforementioned locations and conditions although it grows noticeably taller in full sun.
Galtonia candicans is a perfect plant for something of height in that "White Garden" you've been dreaming of creating for years now. Even when it's not in flower, the supple, almost succulent 2" - 3" wide, 12" - 24" long flowing foliage is a great presence in your garden. In foliage, the plant is 24" - 36" tall and in flower, the stems tower up to 48"! As they slowly open from bottom to top, the pendulous, icy white, fragrant bells arch gently away from the main stem and stay open for days and days. You'll eagerly embrace the tall, sturdy flower stems as a long lasting cut flower.
They've survived many subzero nights, at times, without snow cover and I would say that they are probably hardy in just about every state on the mainland US. As they grow older, the plants become more massive and produce more and more flower stems. They'll also gently seed themselves into a striking colony.
Galtonia candicans grows in South Africa on the slopes of the Drakensberg in Mpumalanga, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho and the Eastern Cape at altitudes of 4000 - 7000 feet. There are a few other species in the genus Galtonia and of late I've become quite fond of the diminutive, graceful Galtonia viridiflora and have spent the last couple of years seriously collecting seed of it and hope to add it to my plant offerings next year.
I've been collecting seeds of Galtonia candicans for years now and finally have a large enough quantity to share with the gardening public.
What you'll receive are bareroot, 3 year old bulbs in active growth, these 6 mm - 10 mm bulbs should bloom for you next year. They'll come wrapped in pre-moistened, long fibered, unmilled sphagnum moss. This material is antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and a very useful material. I also have a good stock of Galtonia candicans in 2" deep pots and if you would rather have them arrive in the pots, add .95¢ per plant to cover the extra cost of shipping.
The prices shown below include FREE SHIPPING on bareroot plants out of their 2" pots. If you would like to receive the plants undisturbed, in their pots, please add .95¢ per plant to cover the extra cost of shipping soil and pots.
3 for $ 25.00 delivered ($8.35 ea)
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Barry Glick, Sunshine Farm and Gardens
696 Glicks Rd, Renick, WV 24966, USA
Phone: (304) 497-2208
Last modified July 6, 2010