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Genus: Polyxena

Polyxena Species in
Family: Liliaceae

Two species of bulbous plants from South Africa. They are much like the smaller species of Scilla, with a few narrow leaves and racemes of long-tubed flowers with six spreading, strap-shaped petals.


Essentially for the alpine house where the worst frosts can be kept at bay. Any sharply draining fertile soil is suitable with a position with good winter light. Best kept dry during the dormant season and repotted annually in late summer. Propagation by seed in spring or offsets at repotting time.