Romulea bulbocodium

Romulea bulbocodium

Romulea bulbocodium, known commonly as crocus-leaved Romulea or violet romulea, is a member of the Iris family. This perennial plant is characterized by an asymmetrical underground bulb and a short wiry stem. The leaves are long and slender. The large, purple to violet flowers bloom between February and May and produce oblong capsules.


Common NameCrocus-leaved Romulea / Violet romulea
Botanical nameRomulea bulbocodium
Life CyclePerennial
Basic ColourPurple-Violet
Height10 -> 20 cm
HabitatMeadows, dunes,
stony areas
Altitude400 – 1200 m
Bloom TimeFebruary -> May
Plant TypeHerb, Bulbous, Ornamental
Fruit TypeCapsule
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Used PartsWhole plant
Plant UsesOrnamental
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USDA Zone6 (-23), 7 (-17), 8 (-12), 9 (-7)
Sun ExposureSun
Soil pHAcidic, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil MoistureDry, Moist
Soil Type Sandy, Rocky
Propagationby seeds / by sowing, by division, Self sows
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