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Moraea fugax - (Delaroche.)Jacq.                
                 
Common Name
Family Iridaceae
Synonyms M. edulis. (L.f.)Ker-Gawl.
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Flat land and mountain slopes[73]. Deep sandy soils, rocky sandstone and granitic soils[282].
Range S. Africa.
Edibility Rating  
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Half Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun

Summary       

Physical Characteristics       
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Moraea fugax is a CORM growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 9 and is frost tender. It is in flower from Aug to September, and the seeds ripen in September. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.

USDA hardiness zone : 8-11


Suitable for: light (sandy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

Moraea fugax


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Habitats       
 Cultivated Beds; South Wall. By. West Wall. By.
Edible Uses                                         
Edible Parts: Root.
Edible Uses:

Bulb - cooked[105]. Palatable and nourishing, with a flavour that is like sweet chestnuts or potatoes[2, 42, 183].
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details                                         
Requires a light gritty well-drained soil and a sunny position[42, 79, 200]. The bulbs must be kept dry whilst they are dormant[79, 200]. This species is not quite hardy in Britain, though it does well in a cold greenhouse or cool conservatory[1, 200]. The corms should be planted about 12cm deep. Individual flowers only live for 6 hours, though the plant produces a succession of blooms during the flowering period[42].
                                                                                 
Propagation                                         
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a warm greenhouse. A spring sowing in the greenhouse has proved very successful with us[K]. Sow the seed thinly so that the young plants can be grown on in the pot without disturbance for their first year. Give an occasional liquid feed to ensure that the plants do not become nutrient deficient. Pot up the small bulbs at the end of their first growing season, placing 2 - 3 bulbs in each pot. Grow them on in the greenhouse for another 2 years before planting them out into their permanent positions when they are dormant in the autumn. Division of offsets whilst the plants are dormant from September to January. The larger bulbs can be replanted immediately into their permanent positions, but it is best to pot up the smaller bulbs and grow them on for a year before planting them out in the autumn.
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Author                                         
(Delaroche.)Jacq.
                                                                                 
Botanical References                                         
73200
                                                                                 
Links / References                                         

  [K] Ken Fern Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.

[1]F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956
Comprehensive listing of species and how to grow them. Somewhat outdated, it has been replaces in 1992 by a new dictionary (see [200]).
[2]Hedrick. U. P. Sturtevant's Edible Plants of the World.
Lots of entries, quite a lot of information in most entries and references.
[42]Grey. C. H. Hardy Bulbs.
Rather dated now, but an immense work on bulbs for temperate zones and how to grow them. Three large volumes.
[73]Adamson. and Salter. Flora of the Cape Peninsula.
A good flora but rather short on details of habitat. Not for the casual reader.
[79]Innes. C. The World of Iridaceae
Deals with many of the plants in the Iris family giving brief details of habitat and notes on cultivation. Well illustrated.
[105]Tanaka. T. Tanaka's Cyclopaedia of Edible Plants of the World.
The most comprehensive guide to edible plants I've come across. Only the briefest entry for each species, though, and some of the entries are more than a little dubious. Not for the casual reader.
[183]Facciola. S. Cornucopia - A Source Book of Edible Plants.
Excellent. Contains a very wide range of conventional and unconventional food plants (including tropical) and where they can be obtained (mainly N. American nurseries but also research institutes and a lot of other nurseries from around the world.
[200]Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
[282]Manning. J. Goldblatt. P. & Snijman. D. The Color Encyclopedia of Cape Bulbs
Excellent treatment of these plants, with god descriptions, habitat etc.Lots of high quality colour photographs.

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