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More Information About Ennealophus

The genus Ennealophus consists of a handful of South American perennial wildflowers that are closely related to irises. Ennealophus are small irids that are perfect for rock gardens or the front of a border.

Ennealophus prefers part sun and well-drained soil and when happy will reward you with little blue or white flowers over a long period in spring and summer. You should plant ennealophus bulbs 4 to 5 inches deep and about 6 inches apart. Try to keep ennealophus bulbs reasonably dry in the winter as winter rains will promote bulb rot. You can propagate Ennealophus by collecting the profuse seeds or by digging the clumps and separating the bulbs. For those of you into etymology, the genus name Ennealophus comes from the Greek "ennea" (nine) and "lophus" (crest) and refers to the 9 crested points on the female reproductive organs in the flower.

Ennealophus looks great with other small bulbs like nothoscordum, zephyranthes and anomatheca. When you are ready to buy ennealophus for your perennial garden or home containers, we hope you'll check out our online list of ennealophus for sale.