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Sparaxis fragrans (Jacq.) Ker-Gawl.

Cormous prennial, the flowers mostly 2-4 per spike, yellow to buff, usually mauve on the outside, highly scented.  To 25cm.  [CECB].

Horticultural & Botanical History

Introduced to Britain in 1825.  [JD].  Jacq. IPR pl.274/1781-93.

History at Camden Park

Listed in all published catalogues [B.276/1843].  Ixia fragrans was received per ‘Sovereign’ February 1831.  [MP A2948].


Published Nov 17, 2009 - 04:52 PM | Last updated Jul 24, 2010 - 05:13 PM

Figured are wiry leaves and small bright yellow flowers.  Jacqin IPR pl.274, 1781-93.

Sparaxis fragrans (Jacq.) Ker-Gawl. | Jacq. IPR pl.274/1781-93 | BHL

Family Iridaceae
Region of origin

South Africa, Cape district

  • Ixia fragrans Jacq. 
Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Ixia fragrans  

Confidence level high