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Hesperantha radiata (100 seeds)


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Hesperantha radiata. During daylight hours, the dark red outer petals are closed firmly around the anthers and style. The flowers are almost invisible to a passerby and provide no interest for insects. However, during the last hours of the day, the petals sweep back and radiate outwards, projecting down and out the stamens. At the same time, a beautiful scent is released to attract passing moths and let them know that the plant is open for business. Sowing: Seed is sown in autumn, thinly, in deep (min. 10 cm) seed trays, to allow for root development. The soil medium should be well drained, a recommended mix being 2 parts sand: 2 parts compost: 1 part loam or equal parts sand and compost, and the seeds should be planted 3-4 mm deep, covered with clean sand and kept moist and lightly shaded. Locality: Villiersdorp. Harvest: August 2023