Ixia species are grown from half hardy bulbs.
They have grass like leaves and stellar flowers of blue, purple, red or white.
Ixia viridiflora photograph by Enez35.
They come into bloom from spring into summer.
Some of the common names for Ixia include Corn lily, African Iris, Wand flower, and African Corn lily.
Ixia hybrid 'Buttercup' by FarOutFlora.
Ixia viridiflora (Turquoise Ixia), photograph by Jean-Michel Moullec; CC.
Ixia maculata (Spotted African Corn lily), picture by Wilferd Duckitt; CC.
Ixia dubia (Ixia corn lily), Image by Wilferd Duckitt; CC.
Ixia monadelpha (African Iris), photograph by Sacha Dowding; CC.
Ixia paniculata (Wand Flower), photograph by Andrew massyn; CC 3.0.
White Ixia cultivar photograph by 阿橋 HQ; CC.
Yellow Ixia cultivar photograph by 阿橋 HQ; CC.
Common Names: African Corn Lily, African Iris, Corn Lily, Wand flower, Turquoise Ixia.
Life Cycle: Half hardy bulb.
Height: 12 to 36 inches (30 to 90 cm).
Native: Southern Africa.
Growing Region: Zones 3 to 10.
Flowers: Species dependent: Spring and/or summer.
Flower Details: Blue, white, purple, red, pale green, orange, yellow. Spikes of 12 to 20 flowers. Star-shaped. Six petals.
Corn lilies and other Ixia species are usually grown from corms; these should be planted on top of sand at a depth of 10 cm (4 inches). Space out about 10 cm (4 inches) apart into a rich well drained soil.
The corms can be planted in spring for flowers at the end of summer or at the beginning of winter for spring flowers.
It is possible to grow Ixia plants from seed, though it may take more than three years for them to flower, simply cover the seed in soil after the last frost of spring.
Ixia members can be grown in either sunny or partially shaded areas of the garden.
It is fairly easy to look after Corn Lily, African Iris, and other Ixia in the grden. They require regular watering whilst growing and flowering.
In very cold areas bring the corms indoors and store in a dry place; replant in the spring.
If you require more plants then the corms can be divided in the spring.
I hope that you enjoyed this guide on how to grow Ixia plants. You may also enjoy the following plang growing guides: How to grow Prunella; Herniaria Plant Growing Guide; Viola Odorata; and Yucca Plants.