Sparaxis tricolor

Sparaxis tricolor

Sometimes called the harlequin flower, this is a tough, spring-blooming corm from South Africa, in the same plant family (Iridaceae) as Babiana, Ixia, Freesia and Watsonia, that also do well in our Sydney climate. The flowers are star shaped and often have black or yellow centre. The main flower colour can be red, yellow, white or orange. The leaves are lance shaped and held in a fan to a height of 20-30 cm. They grow best in a sunny, well-drained position that is fairly dry over summer when the corms are dormant. They can be left to naturalise in the garden, but can be dug up every few years when they become very congested. They appreciate some liquid fertiliser before and after flowering. Plant bulbs in mid-autumn.

Flowers in August, September.