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Lachenalia viridiflora

Turquoise hyacinth

About the plant

Lachenalia viridiflora is native to the Western Cape of South Africa. While it’s not yet evaluated by IUCN it is considered Critically Endangered by the South African National Biodiversity Institute.

  • Not yet evaluated

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species uses a set of criteria to evaluate the extinction risk of the world’s species. The ongoing mission is to evaluate every plant species in the world.

    IUCN Red List Status:

    Not yet evaluated
    Data deficient
    Least concern
    Near threatened
    Vulnerable
    Endangered
    Critically endangered
    Extinct in the wild
    Extinct
  • Banked in the MSB
    Seeds from this plant have been banked in Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank, at Wakehurst in Sussex
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Facts

  • Threatened by coastal housing development
  • Greenish/blue flowers
  • A succulent bulb
  • Pollinated by the southern double-collared sunbird

Stand out from the crowd

Flowers don’t often come in turquoise, but it’s a great way for L. viridiflora to stand out and attract pollinators in its semi-arid khaki-coloured native habitat.

One of the turquoise hyacinth’s native pollinators is the southern double-collared sunbird (Cinnyris chalybeus), common in gardens, fynbos, forests and coastal scrub.


Propagation

L. viridiflora is easily propagated from leaf cuttings but slow-growing. So you’ll have to wait several years for it to develop a bulb with enough energy stores to flower.

Unusual coloured flowers helps it attract pollinators
  • Not yet evaluated

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species uses a set of criteria to evaluate the extinction risk of the world’s species. The ongoing mission is to evaluate every plant species in the world.

    IUCN Red List Status:

    Not yet evaluated
    Data deficient
    Least concern
    Near threatened
    Vulnerable
    Endangered
    Critically endangered
    Extinct in the wild
    Extinct
  • Banked in the MSB
    Seeds from this plant have been banked in Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank, at Wakehurst in Sussex
  • Click on icon to reveal more