Moraea Huttonii – (Peacock Flower , Butterfly Iris)
This very beautiful moraea produces large yellow flowers whose shape is reminiscent of the fleur-de-lys on shields of days gone by.
This Morea has large, showy, bright yellow flowers with brown nectar guides, and darker veins on the outer tepals which appear on a tall flowering stem. It forms a large clump of long, evergreen, arching leaves which can reach up to 150cm long. It blooms in early spring and often throughout summer and enjoys moist well drained soil. It is a hardy bulb which comes from South Africa. It bears many sweetly scented flowers which are like that of an iris in appearance.
It requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings and is particularly suitable for bogs and water gardens and enjoys full sun.
Sow seeds at any time covering them with compost or grit 5mm deep, keeping the seed pot in a cool, well-lit spot outdoors. Artificial heat is not needed and can prevent germination so be very patient as many species will only germinate in the spring after chilling or freezing in the moist seed tray in the winter. Grow on individual seedlings in small pots until of sufficient size to be potted on or planted out into the open ground.
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