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PlantFiles: Green Flowered Corn Lily, Groenkalossie
Ixia viridiflora

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ixia (IKS-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: viridiflora (vir-id-uh-FLOR-uh) (Info)

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)
6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Baa On May 25, 2002, Baa wrote:

A cormous perennial from South Africa.

Has upright, slim, lance shaped, mid green leaves with smaller, thin leaves up the stem. Bears 6 petalled, star shaped, flat, blue-green flowers with a reddish black central disc, the flowers stems can bear 10 or more flowers at one time.

Flowers April-July

Needs a well drained, fertile soil in full sun. Isn't frost hardy so will need to be kept indoors in areas where frost is expected.

A curiosity not only for its green flowers but also because it is one of the few green flowered plants which is insect pollinated (entomophilous), most other green flowered plants are wind pollinated (anemophilous).


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Newport Beach, California
Richmond, California

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