Scientific nameA small geophytic plant suitable for water gardens and wetlands. Its white, star-shaped flowers with bright yellow centres, make a pretty display and brighten up a winter garden. It was previously known as Spiloxene aquatica. It has 2-7 small,star-shaped, white flowers, with green stripes on the underside of the 3 outer petals. The flowers are suspended on long, slender pedicels and subtended by 2 broad, leaf-like bracts. The flower stalk bends towards the earth as the capsules open, in order to drop their seeds (0.4-1.0 mm in size) directly on the ground, or in water.
¨Sow seed in autumn and take care not to sow the fine seed too deeply. Water during the winter-growing period and cease watering during the summer-dormant period. Plants should remain in the seed tray for at least two seasons before transplanting into pots. Plant corms 1-3 cm deep, depending on the size of the corms, in rich but well-drained soil and do not allow them to dry out during the winter months. Seedlings will flower only after the second or third season. Pauridia prefer full sun and will only flower well if they are in this position. They do not tolerate frost.¨
This table below shows how many plants we are trying to obtain for this species.
We are in need of this species! Can you help? Maybe you have this species at home, or perhaps you can collect seeds or cuttings (if applicable) from friends or from a public space. If so, why don't you help establish this species in areas where it is much needed!
Conservation status: Least Concern
This species was selected because it has various important characteristics.
Suitable for wet sites
Suitable for sandy soil
It provides food for:
Spiloxene aquatica is indigenous to: Cape Flats Sand Fynbos