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Ixia maculata

Corn lily

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  • Ixia maculata | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019
  • Ixia maculata | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019

Features

  • BloomsMarch to June
  • Height0.2m to 0.5m
  • Spread0.05m to 0.1m
  • Growth HabitClump
  • Flower ColourWhite, reddish-brown centres
  • Leaf ColourLight green

Description

Ixia maculata (Corn lily). This species will produce star-shaped white flowers with reddish-brown centres and airy, grass-like foliage. The flowers will bloom in clusters and are borne on tall wiry stems in the spring. The bulbs are somewhat tender and will need careful handling when planting.

Characteristics

Perennial, Bulb, Herbaceous

Origin

South Africa

Interest and use

Cutting bed, border, rock garden, naturaliser, greenhouse, container

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  • Ixia maculata | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019

Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessHalf hardy (min 0°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • Soil pH7.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

Plant in autumn for spring and early summer flowers, plant in spring for late summer display. Cut off flower stalks after flowering.

Propagation

By seed in autumn or by offsets at replanting time.

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