saundersiae variegata 'STARLIGHT'
(Plant Breeders Rights ZA20145576
Also known as
Chlorophytum saundersiae 'variegata', Anthericum
a highly prized plant because it is one of a few variegated plants,
indigenous to South Africa, which can be used to lighten dull areas in
the shade or sun,
create contrasts and focal points,
having a vibrant grass like texture,
as well as being easy to grow and suited to a wide range of conditions.
stalk is totally ‘albino’ or devoid of chlorophyll.
flowers are profuse at the end of each flower stalk, white, with 6
petals opening to a star shape up to 20mm diameter, followed by a round
seed capsule of 5 to 10mm diameter. The seeds from these white flower
stalks are STERILE,
so it will not become a problem by
propagating itself as they don't germinate. Flowers are present all
it can be planted by itself as a feature plant, in
pots, or mass planted. It contrasts well with dark green, grey or
purple and red leaves. Starlight strengthens the colours of flowers
planted around it. It looks especially good when planted amoungst
wild plants to create a natural landscape. Its vibrant grasslike
texture lends itself to Contemporary Landscape Design.
is an evergreen rhizomatous plant that grows as tall as
into a multi stemmed clump. It is suited to an aspect from full sun to
light shade. It prefers regular watering to keep it looking fresh,
although it is drought resistant. It is not fussy about soil types but
prefers a nutrient rich medium. The more you feed and water it, the
better it will look. It is frost hardy and can be completely unaffected by a light frost, but the
can be burnt by
severe frost. If the leaves are burnt completeley from temperatures as
low as -15 degrees Centigrade, the plant will regrow from the rhizomes
when the weather warms up. If the clump becomes tatty with brown tips,
it needs to be cut down to about 5cm and fertiliser, such as a general
organic fertiliser or 3:1:5, should be applied, from where
it will grow back quickly with beautiful fresh leaves and flowers.
leaves are grass like, flat, up to 10mm wide and 750mm long, with a
green and white variegation. Multiple lines of variegation run along
the entire length of the leaf parallel to the midrib. The Anthericum
‘Starlight’ variegation ranges from white to a
colour, usually depending on the growing conditions. A reversion to the
non-variegated form has been observed in less than 0.1% of the plants.
saundersiae is already a highly popular indigenous garden plant in
It has been
propagated from a single plant by, and will only be
available from Leafs Wholesale Nursery and its licensed distributors. (Plant
Breeders Rights ZA20145576 Propagation prohibited)
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Also available from Leafs is the new hybrid Cuphea dwarf