Sparaxis grandiflora (D.Delaroche) Ker Gawl.

Cape Buttercup, Harlequin Flower

Family: Iridaceae

Genus: Sparaxis

Category: Perennial

Zones: 9 to 11

Size: To 10" tall

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Storage organ is a corm not a bulb. Leaves linear with a sharp point, forming a fan around the flower stem. Flowers have 6 tepals, similar size and shape, white to purple-red, in clusters on the main stem.


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

Basionym Ixia grandiflora D.Delaroche.

Synonyms: Ixia aristata var. atropurpurea Andrews published in Bot. Repos. 2: 87 in 1800., Ixia holosericea Jacq. published in Pl. Rar. Hort. Schoenbr. 1: 9 t. 17 in 1797.

Native to South Africa. Cultivated at Kew since 1758.


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