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Moraea fugax - (Delaroche.)Jacq.

Common Name
Family Iridaceae
USDA hardiness 8-11
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  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Half Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Moraea fugax


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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 species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects. 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.

Synonyms

M. edulis. (L.f.)Ker-Gawl.

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.

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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(Delaroche.)Jacq.

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