Nomocharis plants are similar in appearance to Lilies and are usually grown from bulbs by gardeners.
They reach an height of 30 to 90 cm (1 to 3 feet tall) making them useful in garden borders.
The Nomocharis genus consists seven species, which may have white, pink or purple flowers that resemble flattish lilies. The plant bloom in the middle of summer.
Nomocharis photograph by Brewbooks.
Nomocharis aperta picture by dracobotanicus.
It is probably easiest to grow Nomocharis from bulbs; these should be burried about 8 to 10 cm deep, and spaced from 12 cm (small Nomocharis species) to 40 cm (large Nomocharis varieties) apart in the spring.
They can grow in either a sunny or partially shaded part of the garden. The soil should be well drained yet moist. Nomocharis prefers to grow in an acidic and deep soil.
If growing Nomocharis from seed, then sow the seed in the autumn into flats and lightly cover with soil. The flat should then be sunk into a shaded area of the garden and covered in glass.
Germination can take up to 6 months; allow the Nomocharis seedlings to grow to about 8 cm in height, then transplant to the desired part of the garden the following spring after the last frost.
Not the easiest of plants to look after, Nomocharis should be mulched in the spring, and the soil must be kept moist but not wet through the growing and flowering period of the summer.
It is best to propagate further plants from seed or purchase bulbs from a garden center. The bulbs are susceptible to damage so dividing them may destroy your plants if not done extremely carefully.