These members of the Iridaceae family are named after ‘Romulus’ a founder of Rome are from the Mediterranean regions and North and South Africa and contain over 100 species. They open their stain sheened star shaped blooms which resemble a ‘crocus’ on sunny days. They range in colour from white, red through to magenta and are a welcome sight after the dull days of Winter. The linear foliage that is ‘crocus like’ without the distinct crocus mid-rib dies back by the end of November when water should be withheld to promote a dry rest period; so protection from too much Summer rain is recommended. Plant in a sunny position with blood and bone and lime. They make an ideal and rewarding pot specimen!
Available January to March