Gathering my thoughts, the tumblers in my brain lined up to think “Bartram’s Ixia”!
Calydorea caelestina in an Endemic, Endangered Iris that only grows in 8 counties in Zones 9a and 8b in Northeastern Florida.
This Ixia’s habitat includes wet to mesic pine flatwoods that are maintained by prescribed fires. This short-lived perennial blooms in the spring. The flowers open early around sunrise then close within a few hours.
Named after William Bartram who discovered the Ixia during his Florida travels in 1774.
Blog and Photos by Ixia Chapter member Bill Berthet