White Chincherinchee is a perennial bulb reaching 45 cm in height with a spread of 10 to 15 cm. It makes a good container or border plant.
The plant has conical spikes, each of which has about 30 cup-shaped flowers. These are white, but the center has a hint of green. Leaves are bright green and lance shaped. Flowers appear from late spring to mid summer. The flowers keep well and have an extended vase life.
Common names: chincherinchee, wonder-flower, star-of-Bethlehem (Eng.), tjienkerientjee, tjienk, wit-tjienk, viooltjie (Afr.)
White Chincherinchee distribution extends from Namaqualand to the Cape Penisula to Caledon and the Agulhas Plain. The species is found in vleis, sandy flats, lower mountain slopes and in disturbed ground. Although it is a Cape winter rainfall species, it grows well in gardens in the summer rainfall region.
Growing White Chinkerinchee
- Sow seed in Autumn or Spring – Spring sowing requires stratification.
- In Autumn sow the seeds into flats . Sink the flat into the ground in an area that offers shade. Provide a glass/plastic covering. Keep an eye on the flats to ensure that the soil remains moist. Bring the flats indoor at the beginning of spring and keep at 16°C.
- Alternatively sow the seeds in Spring. Mix seeds in a moist growing medium, then put in flats, wrap in a large plastic bag, then stratify by refrigeration for three weeks. Next bury the flat as described above.
- Once seedlings emerge transplant them to their final location.
- Germination time: one to six months.
- Can be grown in containers.
- This winter-growing species enjoys full sun.
- Once the leaves appear, the bulbs should be watered well, but the soil should be allowed to dry out between water applications.
- Once the bulbs dies back in summer they should not be watered until growth commences again in autumn.
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