Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Foolproof Flower Gardening ~ #5

We can thank South Africa for this versatile bloomer. The ixia is a plant with attributes galore: it is drought tolerant, can remain in the ground in the same spot for years, self-propagates and is a long lasting cut flower. Also, it's beautiful. The sword like leaves put up a spike of flowers and overall, the plant can reach 2 feet tall. Mostly it likes the full sun, but along our coastline, it will tolerate some shade. Snails will generally ignore the ixia, which is always a bonus.

Even after the blossoms have faded and fallen, the stalk that's left is quite attractive and can be used in dried floral arrangements.

This plant is striking planted in clusters, but works well to fill in the odd spot in the back or center of your border. It is definitely recommended for the beginning gardener, as success is just about guaranteed. If your garden center doesn't stock the corms, they are readily available on eBay. Most eBay plant vendors are friendly and willing to address concerns you may have about a plant's hardiness in your particular zone.

If you live in a colder area, try planting ixia in pots with freesias.

1 comment:

High Desert Diva said...

It is very pretty....I don't think I've seen it before.