Babiana stricta

("Baboon flower")

Babiana stricta

Each flowering stem produces 6 or more long lasting flowers which are up to 2" (5 cm) across. The flowers have a pleasant scent similar to lemon.

What You Need To Know Before You Plant:

When Will This Flower Bloom?

Early Summer

When Should I Buy and Plant These Bulbs?


What Kind of Light Does This Bulb Prefer?

Full sun to partial shade

What Color Will the Flower Be?

Mixed purple, blue, mauve and violet with white accents

How Far Apart Should I Plant These Bulbs?

2 in / 5 cm

How Deep Should I Dig?

4 in / 10 cm

How Tall Will It Grow?

8-10 in / 20-25 cm

Recommended Number of Bulbs Per Square Foot?


Is It Deer/Critter Resistant?


How Can I Best Use It in My Landscaping?

At the edge of a border or path and in rockgardens.

Other Popular Varieties

(Besides the species itself); 'Kew hybrids' (selection of mixed soft colours).

About the Family

Babiana Family

Comes from the Cape Province, South Africa. Introduced to Europe in 1757. They were named 'baboon flowers' because the wild baboons were seen digging up the corms and eating them. They were also on the diet of the indigenous people.

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