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Genus: Massonia

Massonia Species in
Family: Liliaceae

Eight species of bulbous perennials from South Africa. They resemble certain species of Haemanthus, but having only two leaves per bulb which are usually pressed flat to the soil. The small tubular flowers have six petal lobes and conspicuous stamens. They are aggregated into dense, sessile brush-like umbels.


Essentially plants for the collector, needing alpine house or bulb frame conditions in all but the mildest areas. The plants have a unique appearance and attract attention whenever they appear at a show, or are seen in botanic gardens and private collections. A well drained soil and a sunny site are essential requirements. Propagation by seed in spring in warmth, the seedlings having one leaf only at first and taking two to four years to achieve flowering size.