Fact and care guide

Sunset  – November 18, 2004

These Cape bulbs tolerate light to moderate summer watering.

African corn lily (Ixia). Cup-shaped, 2-inch flowers in white, pink, red, lavender, and yellow with dark centers. Plants grow 18 to 20 inches tall. Sunset climate zones 7-9, 12-24.

Baboon flower (Babiana). Mostly blues and purples; also white. From 8 to 12 inches tall, with 2-inch tubular flowers. Some varieties are fragrant. Zones 4-24.

Flame freesia (Tritonia crocata). Funnel-shaped flowers of bright orange or red are long-lasting in vases. Grows 12 to 24 inches tall. Zones 9, 13-24.

Freesia. Tubular flowers come in a full range of colors―yellow, orange, red, pink, lavender, purple, blue, and white on plants 12 to 18 inches tall. Many varieties are fragrant, especially creamy white F. alba. Zones 8-9, 12-24.

Harlequin flower (Sparaxis). Blooms have red, orange, yellow, purple, or white petals around a yellow center outlined in black. Good cut flowers. Plants grow 10 to 12 inches tall. Zones 9, 12-24.

Watsonia. Flowers similar to gladiolus but smaller and more numerous; pink, rose, apricot, and white. Excellent cut flowers. Zones 4-9, 12-24.