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Romulea tetragona (Sand crocus)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.1m
Max height
0.05m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Romulea tetragona

Other names

Sand crocus

Genus

Romulea Romulea

Species

R. tetragona - R. tetragona is a borderline hardy, clump-forming, cormous, evergreen perennial with linear, dark green leaves and, in summer, star- or funnel-shaped, magenta to deep pink flowers, boldly patterned on the reverse.


Romulea tetragona is: Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming

Flower

Bright-pink in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer

How to care

Watch out for

General care

Pruning

Remove faded flower stems.

Propagation

Sow seed at 6-12C in autumn.

Propagation methods

Offsets, Seed


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Where to grow

Romulea tetragona (Sand crocus) will reach a height of 0.1m and a spread of 0.05m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, City, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Gravel, Greenhouse, Rock

Cultivation

In mild, frost-free areas, grow in moderately fertile, well-drained soil in a sheltered, sunny site. Tolerates clay. In areas with cold winters, overwinter indoors or grow under glass in loam-based compost with added grit in full light. Water moderately & feed monthly in growth. Gradually reduce watering after flowering.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4), Tender in frost (H3)

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Botanical name

Romulea tetragona

Other names

Sand crocus

Genus

Romulea Romulea

Species

R. tetragona - R. tetragona is a borderline hardy, clump-forming, cormous, evergreen perennial with linear, dark green leaves and, in summer, star- or funnel-shaped, magenta to deep pink flowers, boldly patterned on the reverse.

Native to

South Africa

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming


Colour

Flower

Bright-pink in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer

General care

Pruning

Remove faded flower stems.

Propagation

Sow seed at 6-12C in autumn.

Propagation methods

Offsets, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Romulea tetragona (Sand crocus) will reach a height of 0.1m and a spread of 0.05m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, City, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Gravel, Greenhouse, Rock

Cultivation

In mild, frost-free areas, grow in moderately fertile, well-drained soil in a sheltered, sunny site. Tolerates clay. In areas with cold winters, overwinter indoors or grow under glass in loam-based compost with added grit in full light. Water moderately & feed monthly in growth. Gradually reduce watering after flowering.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4), Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8

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