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Massonia jasminiflora

February 14, 2019
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Massonia jasminiflora is a rare species best grown under glass rather than in the open garden. It is better suited to more experienced gardeners.


M. jasminiflora is native to South Africa, specifically the summer rainfall areas of Cape Province, Orange Free State and Lesotho.

It has umbels (clusters of short stalks emerging from a common point) of white or pink flowers. The anthers are blue, dark purple, green or almost-black. Two leaves lie (nearly) flat on the ground. As indicated by the name, the flowers have a jasmine-like scent.

How to grow

M. jasminiflora needs protection from frost. In the UK, it grows best in an alpine house or bulb frame. Place it in a sunny position in well-drained soil for best results.