am interested in finding out more about an unusual flower I have
growing in my garden in Petone, Wellington: Ferraria undulata
from the family "Iridaceae". How common is this in NZ?
is a genus of perhaps 10 species, mainly from South Africa. They
are indeed from the iris family (Iridaceae) and are perennial, growing
in spring from underground corms. Ferraria undulata is an
old name for Ferraria crispa, which is the name it is now
known as. It is commonly known as the starfish lily or the spider
Ferrarias are grown for
their frilly, speckled flowers, which usually come in shades of
chocolate brown, yellow, purple or grey-brown. Flowers last a single
day, but established plants usually produce a large number.
Like freesias, ferrarias
are grown from seed or corms (divide in Autumn), but can be a little
temperamental they require free-draining soil, die down in
summer and are only marginally frost-tolerant. They are not commonly
available in New Zealand, but some specialist nurseries do stock
by Dr Dan Blanchon from Unitec's Diploma in Sustainable Horticulture and Bachelor
of Resource Management.
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