Moraea fugax (D.Delaroche) Jacq.

Cormous perennial with a solitary, occasionally two, very long, wiry leaf below the inflorescence, and a stem, to 40cm, bearing up to 4, short lived, sweetly-scented, white, yellow or lilac flowers, with a bright yellow patch at the base of the outer segments, in late summer.  The flowers open at mid-day, fading in the evening.  [RHSD, CECB, Hortus, Grey].  

Horticultural & Botanical History

The corms were in the past used for food, tasting like Spanish chestnut.  ‘Flowers delightfully fragrant, varying exceedingly in size and in colour from a lilac to a deep blue, open in succession, and last about six hours each. […] An old denizen of the Dutch gardens.’  [BM t.613/1803].  Moraea edulis was introduced to Britain in 1792.  [JD]. FS f.1058/1855-56.  ABR pl.45/1799.

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [B.325/1850].


Published Oct 19, 2009 - 05:08 PM | Last updated Jul 24, 2010 - 05:05 PM

Figured are wiry leaves and iris-like lilac, blue and yellow flower.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.613, 1803.

Moraea fugax (D.Delaroche) Jacq. | BM t.613/1803 | BHL

More details about Moraea fugax (D.Delaroche) Jacq.
Family Iridaceae
Region of origin

South Africa, Cape district

  • Moraea edulis (L.f.) Ker-Gawl.
  • Iris edulis L.f.
  • Iris capensis Burm.f.
  • Iris longifolia Schneev.
Common Name


Name in the Camden Park Record

Moraea edulis 

Confidence level high