Veltheimia is a South African genus of two plants in the Hyacinth Family (Hyacinthaceae), a recent split off from
the Lily family (Liliaceae). The name commemorates August Ferdinand Graf von Veltheim, an 18th German patron of botany.
Veltheimia bracteata, previously known as V. viridifolia or V. undulata, is
a beautiful deciduous bulb with 1 foot long by 3 inch wide undulating dark green slightly fleshy leaves. The late winter to early spring drooping tubular purple-pink flowers with green tips are borne in tight clusters atop 1 foot stems. The inflated fruit that follows remains decorative as plants go into summer dormancy. Plant where it will recieve morning sun or partial shade and water when plants are in active growth if rainfall is inadequate.
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