Monday, October 14, 2013

Ferraria

I had only seen these flamboyant members of the Iridaceae family in photographs, so it was exciting to see them in their own habitat on my visit to South Africa this September. They grow in arid parts of the Western Cape and brought out of dormancy by late winter rains. Mostly I saw F. crispa which seem to have endless variation in colour and pattern in the flowers.

For more information about Ferraria see http://www.pacificbulbsociety.org/pbswiki/index.php/Ferraria


Long shot of Ferraria crispa showing foliage and flowers.

Stripes and dots are common on the flowers.

Colours vary from mostly dark brown to...

mostly yellow.


1 comment:

James Missier said...

Wow!
Your iris looks so grand.