Blooming Hedgehog Lily!

November 28, 2018

Massonia depressa, aka hedgehog lily is a flowering perennial  native to arid regions of South Africa. Despite its common name, it is not a lily but is a member of the Asparagaceae family. 
It is pollinated by gerbils and other rodents. During the summer in its native range, the plant goes dormant and remains under ground as a bulb. It blooms in winter.

This plant lives in the Camellia Corridor
The seed to grow this specimen was given to the Botanic Garden by the late BG Volunteer, Cliff Desch, an avid succulent collector and grower. 

More information on this plant and its pollinators.