Calydorea caelestina

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Bartram's Ixia


Plant Specifics

Size:to 1 ft tall by to 0.5 ft wide
Life Span:Short-lived perennial
Flower Color:Blue,purple
Fruit Color:NA
Phenology:Spring ephemeral
Noted for:Showy flowers


Recommended Uses:Mostly grown as a curiosity as it is an early morning bloomer and nearly invisible when not in flower. Grow in a wildflower garden.
Considerations:Is endemic to only a few counties in NE Florida and does best in a fire-controlled habitat.
Propagation:Seed. Division.
Availability:Friends, Seed
Light: Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Sand
Soil pH:Acidic



Attracts bumblebees (Huegel, C. 2013. Palmetto 31: 3-6)

Native Habitats:Wet to mesic flatwoods. Does well in fire-maintained habitats.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:This is an endangered species. Please do not steal from the wild.