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Sparaxis villosa

   (Family: Iridaceae)
   
Afrikaans: Ferweelblom  EDIT
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Plant Type: EDIT  Bulb
Height: 0.2 - 0.4m
Special properties:
  Drought Resistant (heavy)
Rarity Status:
Common
   
Preferred rainfall: Winter
Preferred position:
Full Sun
 
Flowering time EDIT
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Flower colours
 
White
 
Purple
 
Yellow
 
  Flower scent EDIT
  Fragrant
  Flower info
  It has small cream to yellow flowers. The hooded top segment is flushed violet. Flowers in spring. The conspicuous flowers have six tepals.
 
 
Leaf shape EDIT
Leaf margin
 
  Leaf info EDIT
  Deciduous
  Leaves sword shaped in a closely set fan and finely veined, with a prominent midrib.
 
 
Sow seeds in Autumn
 
  Seed info EDIT
 
 
 
Description EDIT
Winter growing perennial bulb with small cream to yellow flowers with a violet hooded top segment.
Growing EDIT
Sow seeds in Autumn.
Distribution EDIT
Found growing on clay and granite slopes in the northwest and southwest Cape.
History EDIT
The genus name is derived from the Greek word sparasso, meaning "to tear", and alludes to the shape of the floral bracts.
Uses EDIT
Ecology EDIT
Grows during the wet winter season and survive underground as dormant corms over summer.
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