Ixia monadelpha

Common Name:
African corn lily
Plant Type:
Cormous perennial
Iridaceae (The Iris Family)
Geographic Origin:
South and Southern Africa
California Native?:
Plant Size:
2 feet high
Landscape/Garden Uses:
flower gardens
Flowering Season:
Spring and summer
Flower Color:
Light pink
Sun or light shade
Well-drained soil
Suggested Irrigation:
drought tolerant
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 20-25 degrees F.
This is a rather dainty plant, upright in habit, with slender, grassy leaves. Wiry, sometimes branched flower stems bear many star shaped blossoms, varying in color from white to lavender, with contrasting green centers. It will perform particularly well in containers. Planted out, it needs well drained soil and summer drought. Bloom is best in full sun, though light shade is acceptable. Hardy to 20-25 degrees F.