IXIA, CORN LILY or AFRICAN CORN LILY

P. Attractive plants for a light, warm soil with wiry stems, about 15 in. high, bearing star-like flowers in June all with prominent dark centres. A raised bed, sheltered from cold winds and covered in winter with bracken or heather, will keep out frosts, but any covering should be removed in March. These ‘precautions’ are essential even in sheltered districts. Ixias are not fully hardy. Plant 3 in. deep and 2 in. apart and increase by division in September. Ixias are excellent for cutting. /. azurea is sky-blue with a purple centre, Rosy Queen a soft peach-pink, Yellow Prince clear yellow. /. viridiJJora is a rare species with green, blue and purple flowers, green being the overriding colour.

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