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Moraea collina Thunb.

Cormous perennial with a solitary, linear, basal leaf, sheathing the wiry stem for half its length, and cup-shaped, scented, bright red, yellow, peach or pink flowers in succession from spring to summer.  To 50cm.  [RHSE, CECB, Hortus].

Horticultural & Botanical History

The flowers are ‘very showy, of a coppery orange-scarlet colour, three inches across when expanded, soon fading.’  [OFG f.82/1854].  ‘A native of the Cape of Good Hope; from whence the present specimen was imported by Messrs. Lee and Kennedy.  Blooms in May.  A greenhouse plant.  We have seen several varieties.’  [BM t.1033/1807].  A variety with straw-coloured flowers is also figured.  [BM t.1103/1808].  Introduced to Britain in 1768.  [JD]. 

History at Camden Park

Listed in all published catalogues [B.226/1843].


Homeria collina (Cav.) Vent. (1808) = Sisyrinchium collinum Cav.

Published Oct 19, 2009 - 05:01 PM | Last updated Jul 24, 2010 - 05:04 PM

Figured is a wiry leaf and cup-shaped orange flower.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.1033, 1807.

Moraea collina Thunb. | BM t.1033/1807 | BHL

Family Iridaceae
Region of origin

South Africa, Cape district

  • Homeria collina (Thunb.) Salisb.
  • Homeria breyniana (L.) Lewis 
Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Homeria collina 

Confidence level high