Opal flower

Opal flower

Lachenalia aloides

Scientific name

Lachenalia aloides (opal flower) is a species of flowering plant in the family Asparagaceae, native to the Western Cape of South Africa.

It is a bulbous perennial growing to 15-28 cm (6-11 in) tall by 5 cm (2 in) broad, with strap-shaped spotted leaves and fleshy stems bearing pendent tubular yellow flowers, red at the tips, in winter and spring.[2] The Latin aloides literally means "aloe-like"; though L. aloides, despite its similarity, does not belong to the same family of plants as aloes.

References and further reading

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Image credit: Nadiatalent
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We currently have no plants of this species in our home nurseries. Do you have any plants or do you know where we can get some? Get in touch!

This table below shows how many plants we are trying to obtain for this species.

Site Area Quantity
Site #9 Delft 8
Site #11 Delft 10
Site #30 Rosebank 60
Total 78

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Important characteristics

Conservation status: Least Concern

This species was selected because it has various important characteristics.

Suitable for clay soil

It provides food for:

Southern double-collared sunbird

Lachenalia aloides is indigenous to: Cape Flats Dune Strandveld Cape Flats Sand Fynbos

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