Common Names: Ixia, African Corn Lily, Corn Lily

Botanical names: Ixia, (IKS-ee-ah)

Availability: February through August

Vase life: 5 to 7 days

Storage temperatures: 36 - 38 degrees Fahrenheit

Ethylene Sensitive: Yes

Description: Multiple star-shaped florets on a single spike.

Color: Red, pink, lavender, orange, yellow, cream, white

Botanical facts: The name is from the Greek word Ixia, meaning "bird lime" and referring to the sticky sap of the plant.

Design notes: Works well as a line flower. Ixia can also be used as a filler flower in large arrangements.

Purchasing hints: Purchase stems with just one or two florets open at the base of the spike with the other buds swelling and showing color. Avoid stems with no open flowers. Avoid crooked stems.

Conditioning: Remove all foliage that will be below the water line. Cut under water with a sharp knife. Hydrate in a solution of warm water and commercial floral preservative / floral food for two hours before storage or usage.

Additional notes: Flowers will not open on stems cut at too immature a stage.