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African Corn Lilies Mixture

At-A-Glance:

  • Suitable Zones: 3-9
  • Hardy Zones: 8-9
  • Spacing: 2-3"
  • Height: 12-18"
  • Blooms: Late spring to early summer
  • Ships As: Package of 20 bulbs
  • Full Sun Full Sun
  • Good for cutting Good for cutting
  • Deer resistant Deer resistant

African Corn Lilies Mixture

Ixia maculata

About:

African Corn Lilies are in the Iridaceae, or Iris, family and are native to South Africa. They are also known as ixia or wand flowers. They produce showy clusters of star-shaped flowers on wiry stems. Our mixture will bloom in shades of red, yellow, pink and/or cream, with contrasting centers.

Planting:

Corn lilies require full sun. Plant the bulbs 3-4” deep and 2-3” apart in rich, well-drained soil after all danger of frost has passed. They prefer dry soil conditions in their dormant period. They may also be planted in containers. When planting in pots, plant 1-2” deep and keep the soil barely moist until growth appears.

Maintenance:

Feed every other week with a balanced fertilizer.

Over-wintering:

Corn lilies are tender and are only hardy in zones 8-9. In colder areas, treat the bulbs as annuals or dig to over-winter inside. If keeping the bulbs, continue to feed the plants after blooming until the leaves yellow and die back. Decrease watering and allow the plants to dry. If in containers, you may over-winter the bulbs right in the same containers at 40-60°F in a dry area with good circulation. If dug from the ground, allow the bulbs to dry in a frost-free, dry area for a few days. Remove foliage and excess soil and store in paper bags, also between 40-60°F.

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