The genus Moraea can be divided into five groups: Galaxia, Gynandriris, Hexaglottis, Homeria, and Moraea. Homeria which was once considered to be a separate genus in the Iridaceae family is now included in Moraea. There are about 32 species of this Moraea subgroup native to southern Africa.
Pretty but dangerous (to live-stock, that is)! In a good year, usually in autumn, the large, deep blue to violet or occasionally white, iris-like flowers of these two species appear in eye-catching displays in the arid central interior of southern Africa. Unfortunately their appearance in grazing lands causes anxiety rather than pleasure to farmers because they are extremely toxic to stock, but not to humans.