Cyanella hyacinthoides

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Lady's hand
Curtis's botanical magazine (No. 568) (8413283883).jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Tecophilaeaceae
Genus: Cyanella
Species: C. hyacinthoides
Binomial name
Cyanella hyacinthoides
Royen ex L.

Cyanella pentheri Zahlbr.

Cyanella hyacinthoides is a species of cormous annual or perennial herb native to South Africa. It has a much-branched stem up to 40 centimetres high, with flowers in white, pink, purple or blue.[2][3]

It is native to the Cape region of South Africa, especially the renosterveld, where it grows on clay and granite slopes. It is also reportedly naturalised in Western Australia.[4]

Common names include lady's hand.

The bulb is edible once cooked, and is said to serve as an onion substitute.[5]

It tolerates drought but is vulnerable to frost.


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