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Ferraria crispa

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ferraria (fer-RAY-ree-uh) (Info)
Species: crispa (KRISP-uh) (Info)

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21 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
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:
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


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

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral unccgardener On Dec 22, 2010, unccgardener from Charlotte, NC wrote:

I have had good luck growing these plants but have yet to see one bloom. I have some flowering sized bulbs (about the size of a 50 cent peice) but no flowers yet. As far as the folliage goes it florishes ! Maybe this year ?

Neutral macybee On Dec 8, 2007, macybee from Deer Park, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Ferrarias are marginally frost hardy to frost tender and need to be overwintered indoors in cool climates. They are easily grown in a sunny position in any well-drained soil of reasonable fertility. Plants die down during summer, at which time watering should be withheld. Propagate from seed or from corms, which can be lifted and divided in fall.

Negative Buttoneer On Jun 20, 2005, Buttoneer from Carlisle, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I won these bulbs on eBay a couple years ago & they come up every year but cannot get them to bloom. Any suggestions? The bulbs are getting bigger every year.


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

Mission Viejo, California
Richmond, California
San Jose, California

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