Daubenya is a gorgeous genus from S.Africa. Once regarded as having just one species but was revised in 2002* and now has eight species. All have two spreading leaves and white, yellow or red tubular flowers in a raceme. They are all strange and wonderful plants, beautiful beyond belief.
Most of the species are from winter rainfall areas but many are very restricted. D.aurea is found only high in the Roggerveld, where it grows with Daubenya-eating porcupines and porcupine-eating leopards.
They need fertile soil, good feeding, dry leaves, good drainage and good drainage! Most will accept some winter cold, but will not take freezing. In the wild D. aurea is used to snow. The others grow in drier habitats, with seasonal moisture.
Available for ordering from Spring and Autumn lists.