Orange Sparaxis Tri-Color Seeds – 20 Seeds
Sparaxis is a genus of fifteen species in the Iridaceae family that is endemic to South Africa and found mostly in the southwestern Cape and the western Karoo mostly on clay soils in the renosterveld, but sometimes in coastal sandveld. The rootstock is a corm that roots from the base with a pale tunic that has fine to coarse fibers. Many of the species and colorful hybrids have been in cultivation for a number of years and are easy to grow in Mediterranean climates. Plants may continue to bloom, but there can be a color break in the petals. If more than one species is grown in a garden, unusual combinations of colors can result from open pollination by insects.
Sparaxis tricolor (Schneev.) Ker Gawl. has orange scarlet flowers with a yellow center edged with reddish black. It grows on damp clay and stony soils in renosterveld in the northwest Cape and flowers September to October (spring). It is one of the species used in hybridizing and is widely cultivated. Growing from 12 to 30 cm, it is very similar to Sparaxis pillansii, but differs in flower color and in having anthers that are not twisted and and yellow to ochre.