A small genus of bulbs related to Hessea and more distantly, to Nerine. They are found in the winter-rainfall areas of Southern Africa.
Strumaria are valuable for their late autumn flowering. The foliage appears shortly after flowering and there are usually just two, quite broad, short, flat leaves. These are very tidy and neat.
The flowers are borne in a small spike, with each individual blossom being held on a short, usually hanging, pedicel. Their small size and tidy nature, coupled with the elfin appearance of the flowers makes them ideal for pot cultivation.
They should be grown in smallish pots so that the bulbs can be confined, or even crowded, for the best flowering results. Try not to disturb them too often, as transplanting sets back flower production. A very sandy, well-drained compost is essential, dry in the summer.
All are for cultivation under frost-free glass in the UK. In most of the USA they will need protection and even in areas with a Mediterranean climate they will need keeping totally dry in summer.
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