Colorful South African natives, some with fragrant flowers. Not at their best in hot weather, though new N. caerulea hybrids are more heat-tolerant than other types. All need well-drained soil. Remove faded flowers to prolong bloom. Use as bedding or rock garden plants, in hanging baskets, or as bulb covers.
The true species grows to 1 1/2 ft. high and 1 ft. wide, but plants sold under this name are usually more compact hybrids between N. strumosa and N. versicolor; they remain under a foot high, reach about 6 in. wide, and produce small, unscented flowers in clusters to about 4 in. across. Blossoms are chalice shaped, flaring at the mouth into two unequal lips, the lower one larger than the upper. They come in every color but green.
Native to Arizona, New Mexico, southern Utah, west Texas, Mexico. Plant grows to 8 in., has less finel...
Flowers are bright orange-scarlet.
These remain mild even after they ripen and change color. The group includes the big stuffing and sala...