Ferraria Spider Iris

Weird and wonderful.

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These Starfish shaped blooms are a sight to behold. The petals are almost ebony, with a velvet sheen, blending to olive green at the heavily ruffled edges. The anthers shine in the centre, a bright orange. The 5cm blooms open in succession and have a sweet, vanilla perfume.

The thick, mid green, sword shaped foliage emerges in autumn and grows up to 30cm tall. From this time they should be kept moist.

These exotic blooms are surprisingly easy to grow and will gradually multiply in the right conditions. They are endemic to the African Cape and adore hot dry summers and wet winters. Plant into a moderately fertile, well drained soil, in a full sun to semi shade position free of frost. They can be grown in pots, garden beds or rockeries. You can use a half strength liquid fertiliser every other week in growth.

Code

FECBF

Botantical name

Ferraria crispa

Height

20-40cm

Width

15cm

Flowers

Late spring

Climate

Cool to Mediterranean

Availability

Australia wide

Frost hardiness

Aspect

Full Sun to Semi Shade

Supplied as

Bulbs

Water needs

2