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SparaxisSparaxis are closely allied to the Ixias, equally beautiful and varied in colour, but rather dwarfer and compact in growth. They are invaluable for pot-culture.

For outdoor cultivation plant them early in September, five or six inches deep, on a sheltered border, in rich, well-drained, loamy soil. Protect from frost and wet in the winter, but keep the roots moist while they are growing.

For indoor cultivation plant 4 to 6 bulbs in a five-inch pot, plunge in ashes in a cold frame, withholding water till the plants appear. When making full growth remove them to a sunny window or conservatory, and water them carefully.

Sparaxis will bloom in March or April and their height is about three feet.