The genus has some 50 species. All are found in South Africa, in particular the Western Cape. All species have small corms. Leaves are narrow, sword shaped and held erect. Flower colour of the species varies. Except in areas where summer temperatures are extreme ixias can be grown in full sun and afternoon shade will preserve the colour of the flowers a little longer.
In mild areas corms can be planted in late winter to early autumn. In colder districts mulching the soil will protect the corms from light frosts. In places that experience heavy frosts on a regular basis it is suggested that the corms are lifted and either potted up and placed in a frost free area or dry store them over winter and plant our when the frost season ends.
Habitat and Description:
This species is best grown in moist sandy soils in full sun. It has large cream to biscuit flowers that are often reddish on the outside and in the throat. This species is distinguished by having the longest tube in the genus.
In some states (W.A. and some areas of Viv.) this species has been included on their watch list. So be careful how you dispose of unwanted corms.
Available from most garden centres and mail order bulb suppliers.