Lachenalia contaminata (wild hyacinth) is a species of flowering plant in the family Asparagaceae, native to the Western Cape of South Africa. It is a bulbous perennial growing to 25 cm (10 in) tall, with grass-like leaves and fleshy stems bearing brushlike white flowers tipped with maroon in spring.[1][2][3]

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Lachenalia contaminata
L. contaminata (Redouté)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Scilloideae
Genus: Lachenalia
L. contaminata
Binomial name
Lachenalia contaminata

The Latin specific epithet contaminata refers to the flowers which appear to be "contaminated" with red or brown markings.[4]

This plant requires a sheltered, frost-free position or under glass.[5]