Family: Iridaceae
Popular names: wand flower and corn lily

Origin: South Africa

Flower colour: various colours

Flowering period: June – August

Average plant height: 30 – 45 cm

Planting depth to base of bulbs:7 cm

Spacing between bulbs: 7 cm

Type of bulb: corm

Light requirements: any location is suitable in the full sun (PM sun)

Landscape uses: border, beds and perennial gardens and in pots. Excellent as a cut flower.

Ixia has sword-shaped leaves, long stems with star-shaped flowers. There are 30 – 40 original Ixia species.

Principal varieties 

  • ‘Panorama’ – white with purple red 
  • ‘Rose Emperor’ – soft pink 
  • ‘Spotlight’ – yellow-red 
  • ‘Titia’ – fuchsia-red 
  • ‘Venus’ – magenta-red 
  • ‘Giant’ – ivory white tips with a dark centre 
  • ‘Hogarth’ – cream coloured with a red-purple centre 
  • ‘Marquette’ – sulphur yellow tips with purple black centre 
  • ‘Vulcan’ – orange-red