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Ixia viridiflora

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GeneralitŠ°

Ixia viridiflora is a small deciduous bulbous native to Africa; the bulbs are small in size, round in shape, slightly flattened and light in color. In spring they produce thin ribbon-like leaves, slightly rigid, erect or arched, reaching 40-60 cm in length, light green in color; in late spring or in summer, thin stems stand between the leaves, bearing a panicle inflorescence, consisting of small star-shaped flowers; depending on the species, the flowers have dark throats or not, and are varied in color, from pink to yellow, from white to lilac. Flowering is quite prolonged; in general, to ensure a good effect, we tend to bury numerous closely spaced bulbs, so that the inflorescences bloom "in bunches". These bulbous plants are also widely used to produce cut flowers, and in fact there are numerous hybrids, with flashy colors or particularly large flowers. Among the best known are: I. viridiflora., I. flexuosa, I. maculata, I. Polystachya.


Exposure

The species of Ixia viridiflora are planted in a sunny place, preferably protected from the wind that could bend the floral stems; these bulbous plants are not very rustic and intense frosts ruin them irreparably: it is therefore advisable to cover the ground with straw, or cultivate them in pots to guarantee them better protection; otherwise it is possible to unearth the small bulbs in autumn, to place them again at the end of winter. However, it is important to ensure that these plants always have a good brightness.

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