Scientific nameThe plant grows to 20 cm with several knife-shaped pleated leaves with bright red or dark pink flowers with a dark centre. It is found wedged between rocks away from baboon, moles and porcupines. It grows in clay soils of Renosterveld.
Plant the corms 3cm deep in autumn in a sharply drained, gritty medium such as three parts coarse river sand and one part finely milled bark or potting compost. Water the plants heavily after planting and not again until the leaf shoots appear, then water heavily once per week during the winter growing period and do not allow the soil to dry out excessively over this time as this results in the plants aborting the developing inflorescences and entering dormancy prematurely. During the summer dormant period, keep the corms as dry as possible.
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Conservation status: Near Threatened
This species was selected because it has various important characteristics.
It provides food for:
Babiana villosa is indigenous to: Cape Flats Sand Fynbos