Sparaxis bulbifera (L.) Ker Gawl.

Harlequin-flower


Family: Iridaceae

Genus: Sparaxis

Category: Bulb

Zones: 8 to 10

Size: To 16" tall

Exposure: Sun

Description: 

Cream white flowers in spring. Stems may be branched.

From Bot. Repos. (Ixia bulbifera) [quote: The bulbs produced from the stem blow the second year, whereas those from seeds do not till the third. The flowers of this variety are the first that open, amongst the numerous species yet introduced, of this extensive genus; they are of a brilliant yellow, and seldom expand more than one at a time.

History: 

Published in Ann. Bot. (König & Sims) 1: 225 in 1804

Basionym Ixia bulbifera L.

Native to South Africa.

From Bot. Repos. (Ixia bulbifera) The drawing was made at Messrs. Lee and Kennedy's, in the month of March 1798, they having introduced it about the year 1784.

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