Mediterranean and South African irids

kuang huang
Sun, 26 Dec 2010 19:00:22 PST
Hi Dennis, I have never try to grow Sparaxis in cold area, but I am very 
successful in southern california. I start with seeds around Nov. after the 
first rain, and seed germinated in 6 weeks, start early summer all the leaves 
drop and went to dormacy. They flower after 2 years. Here is website you can see 
my Sparaxis villosa.


From: Dennis Kramb <>
To: Pacific Bulb Society <>
Sent: Sun, December 26, 2010 2:47:53 PM
Subject: [pbs] Mediterranean and South African irids

How quickly do irids like Sparaxis and Romulea bloom from seed?  Can they be
treated as annuals?  Or would it be necessary for me to overwinter them
indoors here in Zone 5/6 in Ohio?  Generally, is there a rule of thumb for
such Mediterranean and South African irids?

Dennis in snowy (again) Cincinnati


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