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Cape Buttercup

Sparaxis elegans

Also known as

Sparaxis, Pale Harlequin Flower, Fluweeltjies (Afr.), Spogfluweeltjie

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

9a

USDA zone

-7°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

45cm

Max

10cm

30cm

Min

8cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Cape Buttercup Overview

Sparaxis are a genus of about 13 species endemic to Cape Province, South Africa. They are spring flowering corms grown for their showy, brightly coloured flowers. They will flower every year provided they get a dry dormant summer time and a wet winter growing time. ZA Distribution: Northern Cape.

Common problems with Cape Buttercup

Generally problem free.

    Cape Buttercup Companion Plants

    Plant with spring flowers and low-growing shrubs.

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    How to harvest Cape Buttercup

    Generally not harvested

    How to propagate Cape Buttercup

    Division

    Divide corms in the dormant season.

    Seed

    Sow seeds as soon as ripe.

    Special features of Cape Buttercup

    Attracts useful insects

    Bees are attracted to the flowers.

    Indoor plant

    Grow indoors in pots in a bright, sunny spot.

    Drought resistant

    Specially adapted to a dry summer - will regrow as soon as winter rains start.

    Pot plant

    Plant closely together to make a beautiful show. Move to a shed while dormant.

    Other uses of Cape Buttercup

    Grown for their gaudy flowers.

    Ornamental

    Sparaxis elegans is best valued as a garden and indoor ornamental.