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SPARAXIS 'Lady Buttercup'

Image of Sparaxis 'Lady Buttercup'

Family

Iridaceae

Botanical Name

SPARAXIS 'Lady Buttercup'

Plant Common Name

General Description

The cultivar 'Lady Buttercup' is grown for its compact spikes of soft-yellow flowers.

This member of the Iris family produces fans of slender, sword-shaped leaves that arise from small round corms. Compact, few-flowered spikes of relatively large pastel-yellow flowers appear in spring. The blooms are funnel-shaped with six wide-flaring lobes. Spring-planted corms bloom in early summer.

Sparaxis are tender, herbaceous, summer-dormant perennials that grow from fibrous-coated corms. All are native to the Southwest Cape or western Karoo regions of South Africa. They make delightful garden perennials for areas (such as western California) with mild moist winters and warm dryish summers. Plants do best in ample sunlight and well-drained, moisture-retentive soil. In areas with cold winters, the corms can be dug in fall and replanted in spring for late spring or summer bloom. Spring bulb catalogs sometimes offer corms of Sparaxis for planting as summer-blooming annuals.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • Plant Type

    Bulb or Corm or Tuber

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer, Late Winter

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin, South Africa

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow, Light Yellow

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Cutflower, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No