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Flowering rockery plant Rhodohypoxis baurii variety platypetala

Rhodohypoxis baurii variety platypetala in flower. A mound forming plant from South Africa for miniature gardens, alpine troughs and rockeries.

Photo © 2012 Lesley Shepherd

Using Rhodohypoxis baurii platypetala in Fairy and Miniature Container Gardens:

Rhodohypoxis baurii variety platypetala is a flowering plant from South Africa found in the alpine or rock garden section of a nursery. With its grass like stems, reaching only four inches high, and its tiny white / pale pink flowers it is an interesting flowering plant for miniature and railroad gardens where flowers will be shown in relation to buildings or figures.

Growing Rhodohypoxis baurii var platypetala:

In the wild, Rhodohypoxis baurii var. platypetala is found in open meadows in areas with high summer rainfall and poor soils. Like the other Rhodohypoxis species, the variety platypetala is frost hardy, but the plant must be kept almost dry during the winter dormant period.

Growing Conditions

This plant performs best on well drained acid soils with compost or leaf mold in full sun. In pots or out of doors in railway or fairy garden settings make sure the soil contains gravel or sand for good drainage, especially in wet winter conditions. The plant will spread by underground rhizomes to clumps roughly six inches wide. The clumps can be divided and replanted in late fall.

Care of Rhodohypoxis Plants:

Care

As they spread to roughly 6 inches in a clump, Rhodohypoxis should be planted alone or in groups in full sun where their clumps and dainty flowers will be noticed. They do well in alpine troughs or containers with good drainage, and can also be used in drier areas of in ground gardens. Their size makes them fit well into a railroad or fairy garden as they are roughly comparable to the size of a bearded iris, when seen against a 1:12 scale doll.

During the growing season, Rhodohypoxis baurii varieties should be watered regularly and not allowed to dry out. The plants flower freely for a period over summer and should be given a regular liquid fertilizer once a month if grown in containers.

Available Colors

The variety platypetala shown here has white to soft pink flowers. Other varieties have red pink to pink flowers with the plants having a similar height and spread to platypetala. Another Rhodohypoxis, Rhodophyoxis milloides will survive damp conditions and may be hardier in areas with winter wet.

Other than watering, and protection from wet winter conditions, Rhodohypoxis are easy to grow. They may be deadheaded, but pruning is not required. If grown indoors, the plants can suffer from spider mites and thrips due to dry conditions.

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