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Ixia 'Yellow Emperor' (Corn Lily)

Corn Lily 'Yellow Emperor', African Corn Lily 'Yellow Emperor', Wand flower 'Yellow Emperor'


Ixia 'Yellow Emperor' (Corn Lily) is a cormous perennial boasting loose spikes of sunny yellow, star-shaped flowers adorned with a wine-red eye. Blooming in late spring to early summer, the elegant blossoms, up to 20 per stem, open nearly flat in full sun, but remain cupped or closed on cloudy days. They are borne on wiry stems and rise above the grasslike leaves. This little bulb from South Africa is great for use in beds, borders for fresh cut flowers, and naturalized in prairies or meadows.

  • Grows up to 16-20 in. tall (40-50 cm) and 2-3 in. wide (5-7 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun in well-drained soils. Water sparingly until the flower spikes appear, then water freely and apply high potash liquid feed every 2-3 weeks until the foliage fades. Hardy to zones 8 through 10 - In colder areas, corms may be lifted in the fall and overwintered in dry, frost-free conditions while dormant.
  • This plant is an excellent choice for beds and borders, cottage gardens, Mediterranean gardens, or containers. Makes excellent fresh cut flowers.
  • Reliable, easy to grow, low maintenance.
  • Generally disease free and pest free.
  • Plant corms 5 in. deep (12 cm) and 2-3 in. apart (5-7 cm).

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Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 10
Heat Zones 10 – 12
Climate Zones 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Bulbs, Perennials
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 2" – 3" (5cm – 7cm)
Spacing 2" – 3" (5cm – 7cm)
Depth 5" (12cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden, Prairie and Meadow

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Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 10
Heat Zones 10 – 12
Climate Zones 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Bulbs, Perennials
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 2" – 3" (5cm – 7cm)
Spacing 2" – 3" (5cm – 7cm)
Depth 5" (12cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden, Prairie and Meadow

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