Ixia: African corn lily

Height 30-45cm (12-18in)

Planting distance 10cm (4in)

Flowers early to mid summer

Full sun

Well-drained soil

Corms available in autumn

The species in this South African genus will grow outdoors only in the mildest parts of Britain. Here, hybrids developed from them can be planted in mid autumn for flowering during early and mid summer. Their starry flowers gather in dense clusters on wiry stems, 30-45cm (12-18in) high. They come in a mass of different colours – orange, yellow, pink, red, purple and white – and are usually sold as a mixed collection. Since the flowers open only in bright sunlight, a sunny site is essential. Grow them in herbaceous borders for garden decoration and cutting.


Plant the corms in autumn. Set them 10cm (4in) apart and 7.5cm (3in) deep in well-drained sandy soil in full sun.


Buy fresh corms every year.

Pests and diseases

Trouble free.

22. February 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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