Bulbs

A bulb is a short stem with fleshy leaves or leaf bases. The leaves often function as food storage organs during dormancy. A bulb’s leaf bases generally do not support leaves, but contain food reserves to enable the plant to survive adverse conditions. The leaf bases may resemble scales, or they may overlap and surround the center of the bulb as with the onion. A modified stem forms the base of the bulb, and plant growth occurs from this basal plate. Roots emerge from the underside of the base, and new stems and leaves from the upper side.

Leucojum aestivum

Leucojum aestivum
Snowflakes are bulbous perennials with threadlike or strap-like leaves and nodding, dainty white flowers. The snowflakes are native to central and southern Europe but they have been introduced and have naturalized in many other areas. They have narrow, strap-like, dark green leaves. The flowers are small and bell-shaped, white with a green spot at the end of each [...]

Moraea villosa

Moraea Villosa
The Peacock Moraea or Moraea Villosa used to be prolific in mass spring flower displays of the Cape lowlands. This very attractive flower has now lost more than eighty per cent of its habitat to wheat fields and urban expansion, and only a few populations remain in isolated renosterveld fragments. This plant is classified as vulnerable. Its a large flowered species [...]

Muscari

Muscari
Small, tunicated round bulbs; winter-growing, summer-dormant. Dense, slender spikes of small, bell-shaped flowers are borne along stems 15-25cm tall. They are usually deep blue but may be mauve, purple or white, depending on species or hybrid. Most are pleasantly scented. Foliage is grass-like, narrow and fleshy. Several species or hybrids are [...]