Ixia is a genus in the Iridaceae family with 50 species mainly from the western, southwestern, and southern winter-rainfall areas of the northern, western and eastern Cape Provinces of South Africa. Corms are planted in autumn in a free-draining potting mix in a sunny position. Most flowers only open on sunny days. Seed is also sown in autumn, the earlier in the season the better, to let them have as long a growing time as possible after germination before drying them off. Most species will multiply by producing new cormlets around the main corm and you can separate these in the dormant summer period. You can store them completely dry and replant the next autumn period.
Many Ixia species can be easy to grow in a mediterranean climate garden, and with their bright colors in mid-to-late spring, they're a welcome sight. For more information about Ixia consult De Vos and Goldblatt, 1999. Another resource is the web page Bill Richardson from Australia has created for this genus. And an excellent article from Veld & Flora magazine has been reproduced here.
For photos and information of species select the appropriate wiki page:
or click on the name in the table below.
|Ixia abbreviata||Ixia brunneobractea||Ixia calendulacea||Ixia campanulata|
|Ixia curta||Ixia dubia||Ixia flexuosa||Ixia frederickii|
|Ixia gloriosa||Ixia hybrids||Ixia latifolia||Ixia longituba|
|Ixia lutea||Ixia maculata||Ixia marginifolia||Ixia metelerkampiae|
|Ixia micrandra||Ixia monadelpha||Ixia mostertii||Ixia odorata|
|Ixia orientalis||Ixia paniculata||Ixia polystachya||Ixia purpureorosea|
|Ixia rapunculoides||Ixia scillaris||Ixia stricta||Ixia trifolia|
|Ixia versicolor||Ixia viridiflora|