Morning flag lily
A member of the Iris family native to Australia, Southern Africa and tropical America, this dainty plant is worth some effort for the iridescent blue flowers produced in the cooler parts of the day. Hot sun makes them shrivel but the flowers will open again when things cool off.
Each flower only lasts a day but the plant will keep producing them over a few weeks.
The leaves are rigid and linear with smooth margins.
Best grown as a tender specimen plant in an alpine house or conservatory.
They require a light but fertile soil such as John Innes No 2 mixed with sharp sand and a little leaf mould.
Water moderately in growth and sparely, if at all, when dormant.
Photo: BBy Paul Asman and Jill Lenoble (https://www.flickr.com/photos/pauljill/8265998754/)
Alpine, gritty, dry