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Common Name: African Corn Lily, Corn Lily, Ixia
Botanical Name: Ixia spp. (IK-see-a)
Decorative Life: 7-10 days.
Post Harvest Care
- Remove bottom leaves if present, recut stems under water and place into a fresh flower food solution.
- Member of the Iridaceae (iris family).
- Native to South Africa.
- Common relatives include crocus, freesia, gladiolus and Watsonia.
- Flowers are star-shaped, 1-2 inches wide, with six petals surrounding a dark center, in clusters of 4-6 at the stem ends.
- Stems up to about 18 inches long, leafless and wiry.
- Plant is a herbaceous perennial from a corm, classed as a monocotyledon, leaves mostly parallel veined..
- Flowers are not fragrant.
Availability: Spring and early summer.
Flower Color: White, pink, purple, red, orange, often with contrasting centers.
Storage Specifics: 32-34F up to 3 days dry.
- From the Greek "ixia" (bird lime), referring to the plant's sticky sap.