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Growing Harlequin Flower


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Growing Harlequin Flower
Botanical Name:
Sparaxis tricolor
Life Cycle:
perennial
Planting Time:
late summer to fall
Height:
up to 1'
Exposure:
full sun to light shade
Soil:
rich, well-drained soil with a neutral pH
Hardiness:
zones 9-11
Bloom Time:
mid to late spring
Flower:
orange, red, white and pink with yellow centers bordered by dark brown many flowers are bi-colored or even tri-colored.
Foliage:
green
Propagation:
bulbs
Suggested Use:
beds, borders, edging, mass planting and cut flowers
Growing Hints:
Plant bulbs in late summer to early fall 1 to 2 inches deep and spaced 4 inches apart in a sunny location with sandy, fertile soil. These plants are not drought tolerant, so keep soil moist until foliage dies back after flowering and the bulbs go dormant.
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Apply fertilizer only if your site has poor soil conditions (top dress with a complete fertilizer in the fall). Harlequin flowers are generally very easy to care for and will produce flowers for years if left alone.
Interesting Facts:
Harlequin flowers prefer a southern exposure.
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