(Dilleniaceae) Common name: Baboon Flower.
Culture: Babiana stricta is an early spring corm native to sub-Saharan Africa. These vivid blue-flowering 30cm tall plants are named after the baboons who dig up and eat the corms. Babianas are a pretty addition to a perenial border garden (zones 9 - 11).
Position: In Sydney's warm temperate climate Babiana stricta prefer an open sunny position.
Flowers: Flowers resemble miniature blue Gladioli.
Care: Babiana stricta should be grown in free-draining sandy loam. Ensure Baboon flowers receive adequate watering during spring and summer.
Babianas tend to self seed to create a beautiful display.
If some seedlings appear outside of the garden bed dig
up the corm in Autumn and replant them in the correct position.