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Ixia hybrida Ker-Gawl.

Grey believes that Ixia hybrida is likely to be a naturally-occuring hybrid of Ixia flexuosa L. and I. maculata L.  He describes Ixia hybrida as similar to a small-flowered form of I. flexuosa, with pink-flushed flowers, but with a distinct black basal blotch, similar to I. maculata.  

Horticultural & Botanical History

Paxton’s and Johnson’s Dictionary describe its flowers as white and give a date of introduction of 1757. 

‘The Ixias are a numerous tribe, chiefly natives of the Cape, and in general remarkable either for their delicacy, or brilliant colours.  The one here figured appears to be a variety of the flexuosa with a purple eye, its blossoms are fragrant, and come forth in April or May.’  [BM t.127/1790, as Ixia flexuosa].  This plant is almost certainly synonymous with Ixia hybrida Ker-Gawl.  ‘The plant described and figured as a variety of this [Ixia flexuosa] by Mr. Curtis, No 127 of this work, has partly its habit and partly that of Ixia conica, and is so equally claimed by both, that we have named it “hybrida”.  [BM t.624/1803].

History at Camden Park

Listed in all published catalogues [B.278/1843].  Macarthur may have had this plant under the name Ixia flexuosa since at least 1831 as plants of this name were presented to the Sydney Botanic Garden in that year.  [RBGS AB1].


There are many brightly coloured hybrids of Ixia that today go under the name of Ixia hybrida.

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

Published Nov 11, 2009 - 05:20 PM | Last updated Jul 24, 2010 - 04:36 PM

Figured is a narrow leaf and white salverform flowers with rosy-red centre.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.127, 1790.

Ixia hybrida Ker-Gawl. | BM t.127/1790, as Ixia flexuosa L. | BHL

Family Iridaceae
Region of origin

South Africa, Cape district

Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Ixia hybrida 

Confidence level medium