Hi everyone! Long time, no post, for me! I've been reading everyones blog, but not much time lately for posting on my own, sadly.
Today I was at Family Dollar, and found some really cool looking bulbs! I found these Sparaxis bulbs, and I had never seen them before, so you know, I HAD TO GET them!!! They have really pretty flowers. I found a pic online to show you one color flower and it's unusual center.
Has anyone ever grown them? They are hardy in zones 3-10. An annual in the colder climates, and a perennial in zones 8-10. I am psyched over this because there are so few bulbs that are doable in the subtropical and tropical zones. I sure hope they will perform for me! I promise to give them loving care!
They will go in one open tire (I just had a purple salvia die, sadly). They are summer flowers, so I have no idea when I would start to see action...but I will count the days, for sure!!!
Here is some info I found at PLANT BIOLOGY.COM:
Common Names: Harlequin Flower, Wandflower, Sparaxis.
Life Cycle: Half hardy bulb commonly grown as a half hardy annual by gardeners.
Height: 10 to 24 inches (25 to 60 cm).
Native: Southern Africa.
Growing Region: Zones 3 to 10. As a perennial in zones 8 to 10.
Flowers: Spring or summer.
Flower Details: Red, yellow, cream, purple, pink; often multicoloured. Bell-shaped. Sometimes fragrant.
Foliage: Upright-blade. Narrow. Linear-lanceolate.
Sow Outside: Spacing 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 cm).
Seed: Cover seed. Start of spring or autumn.
Bulb: 3 inches (75 mm). Bottom layer of sand. As an annual: plant in spring, will flower in summer. As a perennial in warm areas: plant in autumn, will flower in spring.
Wish me luck!!!