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Sparaxis spp.

Sparaxis bulbifera (Flower) 2 by Ixitixel (CC-BY-SA-3.0)

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  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Sparaxis Overview

A genus of around 13 species of cormous flowering perennials in the Iris family, endemic to South Africa. Their leaves form a flattened fan-shaped tuft and the flowers are open funnel-shaped and in cultivated varieties come in a range of bright multi-colours hence their common name harlequin flower. They are tender and require protection from frost, and are often grown as glasshouse specimens.

How to propagate Sparaxis


Seed or offsets in autumn.

Other uses of Sparaxis

Grown for their loose spikes of flowers, each with 6 unequal petals, a little like a small gladiolus.

Summer Flowering Bulbs

Plant out these flowering bulbs in spring to enjoy their summer performance.

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Spring Bulbs for Autumn Planting

Plant out these flowering bulbs in autumn to enjoy their performance next year.

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