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Genus: Hesperantha

Hesperantha Species in
Family: Iridaceae

About 55 species of cormous perennials from Africa south of the Sahara. They are allied to Ixia, having slender, sword-shaped leaves and loose spikes of fragrant, tubular-based flowers with six petal lobes.


Best in the alpine house, but can be grown outside where winter frosts are slight or non-existent. Well drained fertile soil and full sun are essential. Propagation by separating offset corms or cormlets when dormant in summer. Seed can be sown under glass in spring.