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Water Wise Plants

Ixia

Pronunciation
IKS-ee-uh
Common Name
African Corn Lily
Plant Type
Bulb
Mature Size
18 - 20 in. tall
Water Requirements
None: avoid summer water
Sun/Shade Requirements
Full sun
Flower Color
Cream, yellow, red, orange, and pink
Wildlife
Maintenance- Design- Planting Tips

This South African bulb is one of our garden's best kept secrets. The late spring flowers come in pretty jewel tone colors that go well with many spring blooming plants. When it is blooming in the spring visitors always ask us what it is.

Ixia is one of the more versatile South African bulbs. Although it doesn't need it, we have found Ixia won't rot if it receives some summer water.

We remove the grass like foliage on this plant when it goes dormant (turns brown) in the summer.

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