garden photography: a turquoise flower

During September I want to see your favourite flowers.

(This month I’m looking at flower portraits – showcase a flower that you are particularly fond of or one that is unusual)

I have a lot of flower portraits on this site so I am going to use this month to showcase some of the more unusual species that I have come across. Starting with the dazzling Turquoise Ixia (Ixia viridiflora) which has one of the rarest and most beautiful colours in the plant world. The satiny purple centres and yellow anthers contrast beautifully with the turquoise petals. This one is flowering in the garden at St Michael’s Mount in Cornwall. It took my breath away when I first saw it.


The only ones left in the wild come from around the Tulbagh in South Africa, Cape Province and the seed is spread by the monkey beetle. There are about 50 species in the ixia genus. All have tough-looking strappy leaves and open dark-centred flowers but I. viridiflora, which bears a dozen purple-eyed flowers on each 18in spike in May and June, is by far the showiest (and tallest). And the most difficult to photograph!

If you would like to join in with Garden Photography then please take a look at my Garden Photography Page. No complicated rules 🙂

  • Create your own post and title it SeptemberFlower Portrait
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Add the tag “GardenChallenge” so everyone can find the posts easily in the WP Reader
  • Get your post in by the end of the month, as the new theme comes out on the first Sunday in October.
  • Please visit the sites in the comments to see what others are posting.

Published by Heyjude

I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

50 thoughts on “garden photography: a turquoise flower

  1. I have been meaning to say that I was interested to discover that this turquoise bloom is a South African flower. It is not one I have seen before and it certainly is an unusual colour. My contribution is also from South Africa, but from the coastal swamps of the east coast. I love the tree and its flower, despite its rather peculiar odour!

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