Aristea spathacea Spreng.
Bobartia juncea Salisb.
Bobartia linnaei Pritz.
Bobartia purcellii Gillett
Bobartia spathacea (L.f.) Ker Gawl.
Hecaste juncea Sol. ex Schumach.
Hecaste spathacea (L.f.) Kuntze
Marica spathacea (L.f.) Ker Gawl.
Moraea spathacea L.f.
Sisyrinchium spathaceum (L.f.) Pers.
Xyris altissima G.Lodd.
Common Name: Rush Iris
Bobartia indica is an evergreen, perennial plant producing a rosette of 2 - 6 spreading leaves100 - 175cm long; it can grow 25 - 70cm tall from a short, erect, corm-like rhizome[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use in basket making. It is sometimes grown as an ornamental.
S. Africa - Cape Province
Sandy mountain slopes and flats below 500 metres in the south-western Cape[
|Other Uses Rating||
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Bobartia indica grows in the Mediterraneal climate of southern S. Africa, experiencing hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. It can tolerate short-lived temperatures as low as about -5°c, and dislikes excessive wet in winter, but can be grown outdoors in the milder regions of the temperate zone[
Requires a very sunny position and a gritty soil[
]. Plants prefer a moist winter followed by a dry summer[
]. Succeeds in poor acidic soils[
Plants resprout profusely after a fire[
Individual flowers are about 5cm in diameter and only live for one day[
The rhizomes establish themselves very deeply in the soil[
The tough, rush-like leaves are used in basket making[
Seed - we have no information on this species but suggest that the seed is probably best sown as soon as it is ripe in a greenhouse. Sow stored seed in early spring in a greenhouse. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow on the plants in the greenhouse for at least the first winter planting them out in late spring.
Division in autumn[