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Sandersonia aurantiaca

Sandersonia is a monotypic genus from eastern South Africa and Swaziland where warm, humid summers are followed by cool, dry winters. I appreciate their golden colour and also find their shapes utterly delightful.

 

I have wanted to grow this for 12 years after I saw one for the first time at a nursery I worked at. I spent years looking for viable seeds without any luck. Our aim is to grow as much from seed as possible to avoid introducing virus into our collection but last year I broke down and ordered some tubers from this nursery in Oregon. These are now blooming for the first time and look really healthy.

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Taken on June 27, 2012