Tritonia is a cormous genus in the Iridaceae family from southern Africa. Most of them are in the winter rainfall regions or areas with some rain year round, but there are summer rainfall species too. They occur in a variety of habitats: grassland in summer rainfall areas, renosterveld, karroid scrub, and fynbos in winter rainfall areas. There are 28 species. Tritonia is in the Croceae tribe and is very similar to Crocosmia and Ixia. Experience from one Northern California gardener who has very wet winters is that many of the species she grows are unhappy with these conditions and when they bloom late spring or early summer the leaves are unattractive and the flowers can be ruined by late rains. They might be happier in dryer climates and/or grown with more protection from the rain. Still in years when the weather suits them they are very attractive and can be grown in the ground. The leaves need to be cut off a ground level after they die back. See de Vos and Goldblatt, 1999 and Manning,Goldblatt, and Snijman, 2002 in References for more information. Photos of a few of the species are shown below.

Tritonia chrysantha, Bob RutemoellerTritonia deusta, Alan HorstmannTritonia  laxifolia, Cameron McMasterTritonia pallida, Rogan RothTritonia squalida, Mary Sue IttnerTritonia parvula, Cameron McMaster

Species can be accessed by consulting the three Tritonia pages listed below where they are arranged alphabetically or by clicking on the species by name in the table.
Tritonia A-DTritonia F-KTritonia L-U

Tritonia species
Tritonia bakeri Tritonia chrysantha Tritonia crispa Tritonia crocata
Tritonia deusta Tritonia disticha Tritonia drakensbergensis Tritonia dubia
Tritonia flabellifolia Tritonia florentiae Tritonia gladiolaris Tritonia hybrids
Tritonia karooica Tritonia laxifolia Tritonia lineata Tritonia pallida
Tritonia parvula Tritonia securigera Tritonia squalida Tritonia undulata

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