Ixia monodelpha D.Delaroche

Cormous perennial with lance-shaped, twisted leaves and compact spikes of 4-12 white, blue, purple or pink flowers, with a green or brown, circled, central mark, in spring and early summer.  [RHSE, Hortus, CECB].  

Horticultural & Botanical History

A polymorphic species with many named colour varieties.  [Grey]. 

‘Flowers 5-10, of a firm substance, varying in colour from bluish purple to purple, yellow, etc. often variegated, and generally having a large red stain at the base more or less obsolete [meaning not fully developed] and of various tints.’  [BM t.607/1802].  Introduced to Britain in 1792.  [JD].  The plant figured at BM t.1378/1811 as Ixia monodelpha beta ‘Orange-coloured Monodelphous Ixia’ is probably Ixia maculata L. which see.

History at Camden Park

Listed in all published catalogues [B.282/1843].  First recorded in an Addendum to the 1843 catalogue.


For further discussion of Ixias see Ixia hybrid ‘Calypso’.

Published Nov 13, 2009 - 04:45 PM | Last updated Jul 24, 2010 - 04:34 PM

Figured are narrow sword-shaped leaves and blue flowers with an orange centre.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t. 607/1802.

Ixia monodelpha D.Delaroche | BM t.607/1802 | BHL

More details about Ixia monodelpha D.Delaroche
Family Iridaceae
Region of origin

South Africa, Cape district

Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Ixia monodelpha 

Confidence level high