We have used some Ixia to great effect at Chelsea over the last couple of years, they provide a wafty upright and colourful addition to the display. Ixias are native to Southern Africa and grow from small winter dormant corms. They like full sun, and a dry well draining soil although they need some moisture whilst in growth. They emerge too early in the year to be really described as hardy here and they are not always easy plants in the British climate