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Sparaxis Genus

Wandflower

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessHalf hardy (min 0°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • WaterSemi-moist or Dry

Description

Sparaxis genus (Wandflower). There are about 6 species of cormous perennials. They produce loose spikes of 5 cup-shaped, brightly coloured flowers, which are borne in late spring and early summer. The leaves are lance-shaped and ribbed and occur in an upright basal fan. They are half hardy and will need a sunny, well drained site.

Characteristics

Perennials, Bulbs, Herbaceous

Other common names

Harlequin flower

Origin

South Africa

Interest and use

Grown for their gaudy flowers.

Cultivation

You can grow in moderately fertile, well-drained soil with full sun. You will need to provide shelter from cold winds. Dry off corms after flowering.

Propagation

You can propagate by offsets in late summer or by seeds in the autumn.

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