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Sparaxis tricolor

Harlequin flower

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Features

  • BloomsMarch to May
  • Height0.2m to 0.45m
  • Spread0.1m to 0.15m
  • Growth HabitStalked clump
  • Flower ColourOrange, red, purple

Description

Sparaxis tricolor (Harlequin flower). This species will produce colourful blooms with bright yellow centres and ringed with dark brown. They are produced in spikes of funnel or star-shaped blooms. The stiff leaves are lance-shaped. It will prefer a fertile soil that is sandy and has full sun, but they are not drought tolerant and will prefer a southern exposure.

Characteristics

Perennial, Bulb, Herbaceous

Origin

South Africa

Interest and use

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

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessHalf hardy (min 0°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Sandy
  • Soil pH7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist or Dry

Cultivation

You can grow in moderately fertile well-drained soil with full sun, you will need to provide shelter from cold winds. Lift the corms before the frosts.

Propagation

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

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