Geissorhiza tulbaghensis F.Bolus

Frost hardy upright cormous perennial with thread-like basal leaves, to 15cm long, and one- or two-flowered spikes of whitish flowers with a white-ringed, dark brown to purple centre, to 4.5mm long, in spring.  To 15cm.  [RHSE, CECB].  

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘Our drawing of this very rare and beautiful little plant [Ixia rochensis] was taken from a specimen kindly communicated by R. Salisbury, Esq. by whom the bulbs were received from the Cape.’  [BM t.598/1802].  HB Ed 1, 399/1826.

History at Camden Park

Geissorhiza Rochiana appears to have been short-lived at Camden, the only record being its inclusion in the 1850 catalogue.


Published Oct 20, 2009 - 03:27 PM | Last updated Jul 23, 2010 - 11:55 AM

Shown are basal leaves and blue flower with a white-ringed, brown to purple centre.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.598, 1802.

Geissorhiza tulbaghensis F.Bolus | BM t.598/1802 | BHL

More details about Geissorhiza tulbaghensis F.Bolus
Family Iridaceae
Region of origin

South Africa, Cape district

  • Geissorhiza rochensis Ker-Gawl.
  • Geissorhiza rocheana Sweet
  • Geissorhiza radians Ker-Gawl. ex Steud.
  • Ixia rochensis Ker-Gawl. 
Common Name

Plaid Ixia, Winecups

Name in the Camden Park Record

Geissorhiza Rochiana 

Confidence level high