Sand lily

Sand lily

Veltheimia capensis

Scientific name

Veltheimia capensis is one of two species of flowering plants belonging to the genus Veltheimia, of the family Asparagaceae. It is a tender bulbous perennial reaching a height of 46 cm (18 in), with flowers varying in color from white with red spots to pink with green or red markings.

V. capensis germinates optimally at temperatures ranging from 19-24 °C (66-75 °F); however, it has also been known to grow in temperatures as low as 5-7 °C (41-45 °F).[5] Soil conditions that are favorable for Veltheimia capensis are soils that are moderately fertile, well drained and experience a pH of 5.5-7.5.[5] The composition of the soil is generally clay loam, [loam], loamy sand, sandy clay loam and sandy loam.

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Important characteristics

This species was selected because it has various important characteristics.

This nectar-rich species attracts sunbirds and sugarbirds

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