Dear Jim, This species grows in winter and is dormant in the summer in both hemispheres once it is on the schedule it is in nature. It blooms in fall before the leaves or sometimes with the leaves in my experience. So the answer is yes to both of your questions. Mary Sue >Mary Sue, when you write "This is a plant with winter rainfall and dry >summers. It is dormant in summer" the winter and summer you are referring >to are the northern hemisphere ones, right? Or are you saying that the >plants in southern Africa grow during their winter and are dormant during >their summer?