Equally at home in a shallow pan, a trough, or a very well-drained rock garden, Rhodohypoxis baurii is at its best in June. A tuft of grassy leaves appears in May from each rhizome and is followed by a cluster of flowers that can give a colourful display for a several weeks. The photograph on the right shows typical variation in colour for this species.
This is a plant from South Africa that grows in areas that are well-drained but moist in the summer but which dry out in the winter. This gives a clue to the conditions it likes in our gardens.
While the plants are in full growth, they need plenty of water. As they die back let them dry out, completely if possible. Plants on the rock garden can be covered with a piece of slate for the winter to help keep them from getting too much moisture. Plants in pans can be stored under the alpine house staging or at the back of the potting shed or garage. They can be watered sparingly in April and more and more as they come into growth.
The new lightweight troughs are ideal for creating a spectacular display - fill one with Rhodohypoxis and move it to centre stage as the flowers open. Move it into the background when the flowers go over, but don?t forget to water it. Lift it into the shed for the winter.
The photograph below shows Dave Mountfort?s AGS Medal display of Rhodohypoxis at the East Anglia Show.