Sparaxis


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sparaxis

(spəˈræksɪs)
n
(Plants) any plant of the cormous S African genus Sparaxis, esp S. grandiflora and S. tricolor, grown for their dainty spikes of star-shaped purple, red, or orange flowers: family Iridaceae
[New Latin, from Greek sparassein to tear (from the appearance of the spathes)]
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Noun1.Sparaxis - deciduous perennial herbs of South Africa
liliid monocot genus - genus of monocotyledonous plants comprising mostly herbs having usually petaloid sepals and petals and compound pistils
family Iridaceae, Iridaceae, iris family - large family of usually perennial geophytic herbs with rhizomes or corms or bulbs
Sparaxis tricolor, wandflower - a showy often-cultivated plant with tawny yellow often purple-spotted flowers
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Hidden in the back of the book under some grab-bag category like "exotics" are freesia, sparaxis, watsonia, babiana, and the rest of the Cape bulbs (named after a former province of South Africa).
Anemones, above right, and Sparaxis (inset) are great for livening up your summer flowerbeds and with the seeds you have plenty of choice - in fact you've 22 varieties to choose from including the delicate-petalled Californian poppy, above left, and that old favourite, the pansy, inset.
90, saving an extra pounds 1, and you will also receive 100 multi-coloured Sparaxis - easy-to-grow summer flowering bulbs from South Africa worth pounds 6 - PLUS your two free lilies.
You'll be sent a selection from 10 narcissi to 20 mixed crocuses, 20 beautiful anemones and 10 tulips, to 20 sparaxis and 20 ixias.
Sparaxis are widely available and are bright and showy and the Romuleas are like brightly-coloured crocuses.
Bulbs to plant now include anemone, crocus, daffodil, Dutch iris, freesia, homeria, hyacinth, ixia, leucojum, lycoris, oxalis, ranunculus, scilla, sparaxis, tritonia, and watsonia.
The free bulbs consist of narcissi (10), mixed crocuses (20), anemones (20), tulips (10), sparaxis (20) and ixias (20).
Wildflowers make fabulous displays in open country, and many of them are bulbous plants such as Babiana, Ixia, Ornithogalum, and Sparaxis that also do well in mild-winter parts of the West.
You'll be sent a selection of the prettiest flower bulbs perfect for any garden, with 10 narcissi to 20 mixed crocuses, 20 anemones and 10 tulips, or 20 sparaxis and 20 ixias.
80 sparaxis (harlequin): star-shaped blooms in a fabulous mix of colours.
Bulbs to plant now include anemone, crocus, daffodil, Dutch iris, freesia, homeria, ixia, leucojum, lycoris, oxalis, ranunculus, scilla, sparaxis, tritonia, and watsonia.
More common bulbs that take similar care and conditions are freesia (white, yellow, pink, red, or purple) and sparaxis (orange, red, salmon, and white, with yellow and burgundy markings).