Puriri Lane | Onixotis triquetra | Waterflower
Puriri Lane | Onixotis triquetra | Waterflower

Onixotis triquetra

Regular price $15.00 Save $-15.00

perfect for pollinators

Onixotis triquetra which hails from South Africa and is also called South African Water Phlox and waterflower due to its ability to grow in damp ground. It grows well in boggy soils and on pond edges, even potted and submerged in pond during growth is suitable - the plants become dormant in summer, so if planting in a pond, grow in a pot and lift to allow the plant to dry out during dormancy, otherwise it may rot.

Onixotis is quite adaptable and will also grow in normal garden soils, becoming dry tolerant as it establishes.  Clay soils are fine as are rockery situations - it is a pretty adaptable little plant.  Plants are cold tender but we mulch to protect the corms over the winter months before it starts to regrow after summer dormancy.

Whilst this attractive plant is actually not overly fussy about where it is planted, it does need reasonable amounts of sun to thrive - they need at least six hours sun to flower at their best, so a full sun to lightly shaded position is best. Plant in a permanent position, the longer they establish the more blooms you will have. Plants clump up over time.  Whilst they do not really like to be moved, be sure to dig deeply to remove the bulbs for transplanting as if you dig to shallowly you maywell end up cutting into them!

White star like flowers cluster en masse on 60cm stems that are almost reed like in their appearance sit amidst the narrow foliage. These lovely little flowers also make good cut flowers. The flowers open from late winter/ early spring and bloom on into summer. 

This plant is infact a corm and it does set seed quite freely I have read although I have not seen this first hand here and it seems quite well behaved whereas others do report that it can be a little enthusiastic in its growth habit! 

Botanically variously known as Onixotis triquetra or Wurmbea stricta.

Perennial | Summer dormant

Height to 60cm x Clumping

Plant size PB2 | Equivalent 1.2 litres

If you are ordering plants you can get up to 12 plants or a selection of plants, gifts and garden-wares into a box for the below rates 
      • Auckland City | $10
      • Upper North Island | $20 (Northland)
      • Middle North Island | $20 (Bay of Plenty & Waikato)
      • Lower North Island | $20
      • South Island | $25
      • Waiheke - Please select Rural Delivery at checkout
      • Outer lying islands, please contact us for a quote.
Smaller items such as books, stationery and other items can be sent for a lesser rate which you will see at checkout - From $6

Upon checking out, the freight charged is applied based on your location.  If you are rural please select the rural option as rural delivery is an additional $7 Please note the courier will not release your order for delivery if the incorrect option has been selected and we will email you re settlement of the outstanding amount.  

  • All of our orders are dispatched using Aramex (formerly Fastways) fully tracked service   
  • Our freight is calculated by weight and volume.  For plant orders, you may wish to order the maximum number of plants that will fit in a box to make freight more cost-effective or perhaps share an order with a friend
  • Plant orders will only be dispatched on Monday's and Tuesday's this will ensure that your order is not held in a depot over the weekend
  • All parcels are set at "Authority to leave" which means if you're not home at the time of delivery the courier will leave your parcel in a safe place on your property
  • Most Aramex deliveries are a two-day service with the exception of rural delivery which may add up to two days.
  • If you are wanting more than twelve plants, get in contact with us for a quote for freight
  • Corten steel garden stakes are considered over size for rural delivery so these can be sent but you will need to collect these from your local depot 

All rates detailed are for parcels up to 15kgs

Please note that on occasion Aramex may deem an area to be rural where other companies may not, this unfortunately is outside of our control as Aramex are the preferred courier for live plants, as other couriers will not transport them. Where this occurs we will need to get in touch to get you to deposit the additional rural fee


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