Polianthes - The Pearl
15 bulbs per pack
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How to plant, care and grow Polianthes
|Name derived from||In Greek, polios means pale or gray and Anthos means flower|
|Sun Exposure||Full sun and semi-shade.|
|Frost Tolerance||Can tolerate light frost|
|Predators||Aphids and thrips|
Fun fact: this flower is extremely popular with perfumers who add the oil extracted from the flowers to add a flower component to their perfumes.
Polianthes is a tuberous root. There are 13 different species which originated in Mexico. We recommend planting them in groups in the middle or at the back of the bed in your garden. They prefer a mixed perennial.
Aztecs loved this flower and valued its anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties. It was even used to flavor their chocolate. It is traditionally used to decorate Italian churches. At maturity, it will reach a height of 70cm.
Seasons and planting
Polianthes enjoys soil that has compost worked into it at a depth of 20cm and is well-draining. They need to be planted at a depth of 5cm and with 10cm spacing between the bulbs. They need to be watered regularly during their growing season and can remain in the South African soil during their dormancy as they can handle water and light frost well. The lowest temperature that this plant can tolerate is -2°C.
They can be propagated from offsets. These offsets will flower in their first or second season. Some might concentrate on creating offsets one year and then flower the next year. Common to plant different sizes in one area.