Yellow soldier

Yellow soldier

Lachenalia reflexa

Scientific name

This small 10cm tall plant is found in seasonally wet lowlands in the lowlands and is adapted to being dormant is in the dry season. It grows and produces small erect flowers and seeds quickly. It propagates profusely and well through seed and re-sprouts from roots making it an aggressive weed in Australia but in South Africa it is vulnerable because it grows in a only a few locations and on the decline.

Propagation instructions

By seed

Easy to propagate in sandy well-drained soil in light shade or sun by leaf cutting, planting bulbs or sowing fresh seeds in mid autumn. Do not water bulbs and store them away for the summer period.

References and further reading

Wikipedia page »

Seedbank Quantity
Arundel Seedbank 100
Tin Capsule Seedbank 150
Total 250

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

Site Area Quantity
Site #62 Newlands 200
Site #15 Rosebank 50
Site #67 Rondebosch 50
Site #68 Rondebosch 100
Site #69 Rondebosch 100
Site #70 Rondebosch 30
Site #65 Rondebosch 20
Site #71 Rondebosch 50
Site #72 Rondebosch 50
Total 650

Important characteristics

Conservation status: Vulnerable

This species was selected because it has various important characteristics.

Easy to grow

It provides food for:


Southern double-collared sunbird

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

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