If you want to grow bulbs which can be planted in the rockery or front of the border and then left to look after themselves, then Sparaxis is not for you. In the colder areas, this colourful plant must be grown indoors – in milder regions it can be grown outdoors in a sheltered, south-facing site. Even then you will have to follow an unusual routine – the corms are lifted in midsummer when the foliage has died down and kept dry until replanted in November.
VARIETIES: S. hybrida is bought as a mixed selection – white, yellow, orange, red, purple or pink blooms are borne on wiry. Some may be plain – others extremely colourful with yellow throats and black collars.
SITE AND SOIL: Well-drained soil and full sun are essential.
PLANT DETAILS: Planting time November. Planting depth 3 in.
Spacing: 4 in. Height 1 ft.
Flowering period: May-June.
PROPAGATION: Remove cormlets when plants are lifted in summer. Replant in November. (