Lampranthus glaucus

Lampranthus glaucus

Lampranthus glaucus

Scientific name

Lampranthus glaucus is a plant species in the genus Lampranthus native to South Africa and naturalized in gardens all around the world.

The compact and rounded shrub typically grows to a height of 0.1 to 0.3 metres. It has succulent leaves and produces masses of orange to yellow flowers from August to October. The flowers open completely in the sun and are called noon flowers. It grows well in well drained sandy soils and poorly in clay soils.

Propagation instructions

By seed

''Sow the seeds in a seed pan during the cool autumn months of the year. In the southern hemisphere these are March to May. Ensure that the seed pans are adequately drained. Sow the seeds in a mixture of sand and loam. On top of this mixture, sprinkle a thin layer of sand, 5 mm deep. It is into this sand that the seeds are sown no deeper than about 2 mm below the soil surface. If sown too deep the seeds will be smothered and will probably not germinate. Keep the area free of weeds, and water with a fine mist spray every second day. Ensure that the pans are in a sunny position. Plant the seedlings out in November of the same year when they are approximately 5 cm high.''

By cutting

Cuttings can be taken from healthy stems. Take cuttings that are about 8cm long and place in sandy soil. Water weekly and wait for roots to fill the plug before you plant out.

References and further reading

Wikipedia page »

Image credit: Guus Hoekman
Seedbank Quantity
Arundel Seedbank 287
Total 287

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

Site Area Quantity
Site #67 Rondebosch 30
Site #68 Rondebosch 60
Site #69 Rondebosch 30
Site #70 Rondebosch 10
Site #65 Rondebosch 80
Site #71 Rondebosch 30
Site #72 Rondebosch 30
Total 270

Can you help grow this species?

We are in need of this species! Can you help? Maybe you have this species at home, or perhaps you can collect seeds or cuttings (if applicable) from friends or from a public space. If so, why don't you help establish this species in areas where it is much needed!

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Important characteristics

Conservation status: Vulnerable

This species was selected because it has various important characteristics.

Lampranthus glaucus is indigenous to: Cape Flats Sand Fynbos

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