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Sparaxis

Sparaxis spp.

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Full Sun
Tender

H2

RHS hardiness

1°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

Max

Min

Flowering

  • 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

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.

Spring Flowering Bulbs

Flowering in spring these bulbs give a beautiful display.

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Allium

Allium spp.

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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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