Fun Flower Facts: Ixia

English: Ixia, inflorescence

English: Ixia, inflorescence (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ixia (IK-see-a), also known as African Corn Lily or wand flower,  is a genus of about 50 flowering plants native to South Africa that belongs to the same family as irises and  gladioli. In the wild, they can be found in a variety of habitats, including grasslands and marshes.

The plant produces clusters of star-shaped flowers and attractive grass-like foliage. The lightly-fragranced flowers come in rainbow of colours, including white, cream, pink, red, purple and orange and can be distinguished by their contrasting dark centers.

Gardeners should plant the bulbs in the fall. They will do best in full sun and well-drained, sandy soils. Plant in masses for the best effect. They are ideal for borders and are commonly grown as potted plants.

Ixias make beautiful, exotic cut flowers and will last 7-10 days. Their bright blooms would pair up well with tropical flowers. They can be used as a filler flower in large arrangements. Ixias are sensitive to ethylene gas and should avoid mature fruits and vegetables, dying flowers and excess heat.

Climate zones: 7-10

Fun Flower Facts about Ixia:

  • the name ixia, came from the Greek word ixos, meaning “bird lime” refers to the sticky sap of the plant
  • the flowers will not open on stems, if cut immaturely
  • in the language of flowers, ixia symbolizes happiness

About Connor Lowry

I love flowers! I enjoy writing about them as well as gardening. Mostly I love finding new and unique flower gardening ideas I encourage you to post regularly on this blog, and send in guest blogs or ideas for new blogs as well. New and exciting blogs are always welcome I intend to post a lot of interesting facts and fun stuff about flowers, as well as info on many varieties of flowers.
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