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Sparaxis (Harlekin Flowers)

Bluebonnets, Cape Buttercups or Harlequin Flowers is a small genus of bulbous plants native from the southwestern Cape and western Karoo in South Africa. Most species make broad, basal, iris like leaves and most showy bright colored flowes in shades of yellow, orange, red, violet or blue. All species are easily grown in any rich, well drained soil in full sun throughout the year. During dormancy keep plants rather dry and in winter at a minimum of some 10°C with watering reduced to a minimum. Excellent in a frostfree greenhouse or wintergarden, for their small to medium tall size they can be grown in rather small pots on window sills as well.
Sow the small seeds on top of any well drained substrate and cover them slightly with sand. Keep pots in full sun at some 20°C throughout the year and soil always slighly moist from beneath. A temperature drop at night down to some 10°C to 15°C will siginificantly enhance germination in several species.
20 seeds per package.
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Sparaxis bulbifera

Sparaxis bulbifera

15 (20)cm, makes pale lemon-yellow flowers. For any rich, well drained substrate in full sun. In winter keep greatly reduce watering and keep at a minimum of some 7°C. IV-V.
20 seeds per package.

price (plus Shipping Costs)
seed package8620 € 4,99
Sparaxis caryophyllacea

Sparaxis caryophyllacea

15 (20)cm, a smaller species with showy and fragrant, zygomorphic yellowish-white and mauve flowers. For any rich, well drained substrate in full sun. In winter keep greatly reduce watering and keep at a minimum of some 7°C. IV-V.
20 seeds per package.

price (plus Shipping Costs)
seed package9558 € 4,99
Sparaxis elegans

Sparaxis elegans

10 (20)cm, an utmost beautiful species with pale salmon-orange flowers with a purple and dark brown checkered inner ring and short and broad leaves. Native of clay flats from the Bokkeveld Escarpment and western Karoo.
20 seeds per package.

price (plus Shipping Costs)
seed package 4053 € 7,99
seed package
Sparaxis grandiflora ssp. acutiloba

Sparaxis grandiflora ssp. acutiloba

15 (25)cm, a subspecies with bright yellow flowers above very short and broad leaves. Native from the Olifants River Valley. For any rich, well drained substrate in a sunny spot throughout the year. During dormancy and in winter keep drier at a minimum of some 10°C. VI-VIII.
20 seeds per package.

price (plus Shipping Costs)
seed package 4054 € 4,99
seed package
Sparaxis grandiflora ssp. grandiflora

Sparaxis grandiflora ssp. grandiflora

10 (25)cm, a subspecies with plum lilac to wine red flowers above very short and broad leaves. Native from the Tulbagh Valley. For any rich, well drained substrate in a sunny spot throughout the year. During dormancy and in winter keep drier at a minimum of some 10°C. VI-VIII.
20 seeds per package.

price (plus Shipping Costs)
seed package 4055 € 5,99
Sparaxis grandifora ssp. fimbriata

Sparaxis grandifora ssp. fimbriata

20 (30)cm, a nice subspecies with white to pale yellow flower cups with dark purple streaks outside. For any rich substrate in a sunny spot. During dormancy in winter keep bulbs drier at a minimum of some 10°C. IV-V.
20 seeds per package.

price (plus Shipping Costs)
seed package9569 € 4,99
Sparaxis maculosa

Sparaxis maculosa


20 seeds per package.

price (plus Shipping Costs)
seed package8621 € 4,99
Sparaxis meterlekampiae

Sparaxis meterlekampiae

15 (30)cm, an unusual species with a large upper dark purple petal and white blotches on lower petals above very short and broad leaves. Native from rocky sandstone slopes from the Bokkeveld Mountains to Piekeniers Kloof. For any rich, well drained substrate in a sunny spot throughout the year. During dormancy and in winter keep drier at a minimum of some 10°C. VI-VIII.
20 seeds per package.

price (plus Shipping Costs)
seed package 4056 € 4,99
seed package
Sparaxis pillansii

Sparaxis pillansii

15 (20)cm, has very showy and quite large, bright orange flowers which are similar to those in Sparaxis elegans, yet differ with a purplish-black and yellow spotted throat. For any rich, well drained substrate in full sun. In winter keep greatly reduce watering and keep at a minimum of some 7°C. IV-V.
20 seeds per package.

price (plus Shipping Costs)
seed package9557 € 7,99
Sparaxis tricolor

Sparaxis tricolor

10 (40)cm, an outstanding species with rich orange flowers with a yellow throat and a blackish narrow inner ring. Native of seasonally wet clay soils in flats in the Western Cape. For any rich, well drained substrate in a sunny spot throughout the year. During dormancy and in winter keep drier at a minimum of some 10°C. VI-VIII.
20 seeds per package.

price (plus Shipping Costs)
seed package 4057 € 4,99
Sparaxis villosa

Sparaxis villosa

15cm, a smaller Sparaxis species with fragrant white, yellow and mauve shaded flowers. For any rich substrate in a sunny spot. During dormancy in winter keep bulbs drier at a minimum of some 10°C. IV-V.
20 seeds per package.

price (plus Shipping Costs)
seed package9568 € 4,99