Leucospermum are evergreen shrubs (rarely small trees) growing to 0.5-5 m tall. The leaves are spirally arranged, tough and leathery, simple, linear to lanceolate, 2-12 cm long and 0.5-3 cm broad, with a serrated margin or serrated at the leaf apex only. The flowers are produced in dense inflorescences, which have large numbers of prominent styles, which inspires the name.
The Turquoise Ixia comes from the Cape region of South Africa, where it grows during the winter and goes dormant for the summer. Each year, the bulb-like corm produces several baby corms, which may be separated and will flower the next year! The blooms appear around April or May in the Northern hemisphere. In the wild, the unusual flower color attracts beetle species, which pollinate the blooms. The petals close up at night and open in sunlight, repeating this for several days. A pale blue form of this Ixia exists, which is not as attractive in my opinion. The Turquoise Ixia is unfortunately declining in the wild due to over-harvesting and habitat destruction.