Another one of my plants that comes up in Springtime year after year, with very little care or maintenance apart from watering in summer and a winter rainfall.
I love it for it’s sheer delicate beauty, but when inspecting my photos i noticed something weird!… this flower has ‘pimples’! Look closely at the yellow marks on the lower leaves. 2 out of the 3 have raised ‘pimples’ growing out of the petal – they are not stamens like the ones above but are part of the outer petals! 🙂
They are also confusingly known as ‘Flame Freesias’ and are related to my Ixia i posted earlier while looking rather like local wild Gladioli. All of the named plants belong to the iris family – Iridaceae – which includes the crocus genus.
(Click on the pic to open in a new window and click again to see full size detail. 🙂 )