|Author: ||Carl Linnaeus Jr. 1782
Blue - Violet - White
L. Bolus, 1920.
L. Bolus, 1933.
This member of the Iridaceae family was described by
Carl Linnaeus Junior
in 1782. It's from the Southern Cape in South Africa, growing in clay with some
to lots of water and some sun. It will raise to 40 centimetres. The
flowers are blue over violet to white, and it can be reproduced both by
seeds and dividing of the corm/bulb.
The genera name is named after
Johannes Moraeus, father-in-law of Linnaeus. The species name from
Latin poly; 'many' and Greek anthos; 'flowers'.
It is found growing on flats and lower slopes, mainly clay, in areas with
year round rainfall, and blooms different times a year. Flowers open
midday and close in the late afternoon. Colours from blue over violet to