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Galtonia candicans
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Galtonia candicans

Summer Hyacinth
Bulbs and bulblike plants, Perennials

Native to South Africa. Strap-shaped leaves, 2 to 3 ft. long. In summer, the stout, 2 to 4-ft. stems are topped with loose, spike-like clusters of 1 to 1 1/2-in.-long, sweet-scented white flowers—drooping, funnel shaped, the three outer segments often tipped green.

Plant in fall where winter lows won’t fall below 10°F/–12°C, in spring in colder regions; set bulbs 6 in. deep and 1 ft. apart, in organically enriched soil. Floral display is best if clump is not disturbed from one year to the next. Where winter lows range from 10° to -20°F/-12° to -29°C, mulch planting after foliage dies down. In colder regions, dig annually and store as for gladiolus. Control slugs and snails.

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