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Growing Harlequin Flower


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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. 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.
Growing Harlequin Flower
 
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