Ixias are big on colour. Their bright petals come in candy shades of white, orange, red, purple and yellow and a mix of them all. The blooms have a dark centre, which makes the colours seem even brighter.
Each Ixia flower is around 5-7cm across and bloom for an impressive period from late spring to summer. They make excellent cut flowers and the blooms will last up to two weeks in a vase.
Try planting Ixia at the front of a bed, as part of a lawn planting or in a container. Like most spring flowering bulbs, Ixia look best when planted in clumps, so if you are putting them in the garden/lawn, put three or five in each hole for the best display. In pots place them closely. Remember you have to mow, in my meadow planting I allow for this by mowing a border and or a path which makes their senescence less unseemly.
Ixias are easy, you can simply plant, relax and enjoy as they come back year and year without any fuss. They have narrow, grass like foliage.
Ixia originate in the sandy soils of the mountainous grasslands of South Africa. Here, they grow well in sunny, well drained positions of similar climates. Plant the corm 10-15cm with the pointy end up. Water to establish, then only if rainfall is low. Ixia bulbs are best left in the soil to naturalise and you will only need to dig and divide them after around four or five years. We recommend adding a little general purpose fertiliser as they begin to bloom. Apart from that just relax and enjoy the show!
Ixia are in the same family as Iris and just as simple to grow. Known variously as Ixias, African Corn Lilies, or Wand Flowers.
Mid to Late Spring
Cool to Sub-Tropical