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Cape Buttercup

Sparaxis elegans

Sparaxis are a genus of about 13 species endemic to Cape Province, South Africa. They are spring flowering corms grown for their showy, brightly coloured flowers. They will flower every year provided they get a dry dormant summer time and a wet winter growing time.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

Generally not harvested

Propagation

Division
Divide corms in the dormant season.
Seed
Sow seeds as soon as ripe.

Special features

Attracts useful insects
Bees are attracted to the flowers.
Indoor plant
Grow indoors in pots in a bright, sunny spot.
Drought resistant
Specially adapted to a dry summer - will regrow as soon as winter rains start.
Pot plant
Plant closely together to make a beautiful show. Move to a shed while dormant.

Geography

Origin
Africa, South Africa
Natural climate
Mediterranean

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Ornamental
Sparaxis elegans is best valued as a garden and indoor ornamental.

Personality

Family
Iridaceae
Flower colour
, Orange, Purples, Pink, Yellow, White, Red
Scent
None

Problems

Generally problem free.

Companion plants

Plant with spring flowers and low-growing shrubs.

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