Sparaxis creates a joyful carpet of kaleidoscope colours and to be happy, it just needs a full sun spot to bake in. Sparaxis can grow and bloom in poor soil. For optimal growth, loosen the soil to a depth of 20cm and work in compost. The soil should also be well-draining, so add sand if necessary. The corms (bulbo-tubers) should be planted at a depth of 5cm. They are pot friendly and the soil should be kept moist – water well in winter. We also suggest planting them in a rock garden. Did you know that there are 15 species of sparaxis which are endemic, meaning they do not occur anywhere else, to South African winter rainfall areas?