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Babiana sp., Babiana
Babiana mucronata

Babiana sp.

Babiana
Family: Iridaceae
Subfamily: Ixioideae
Origin: South Africa
Small plant 2-5 ftFull sunModerate waterPink flowersWhite, off-white flowersBlue, lavender, purple flowersRed, crimson, vinous flowersYellow, orange flowersFragrantDeciduous plant

All Babianas are deciduous, either winter or summer growing. Most are winter growing. Like most other winter growing (or Mediterranean climate) irids, they start their growth cycle in autumn when the first rains fall.

The flowers are long lasting and brightly colored, and many are scented as a bonus.



Babiana sp., Babiana
Babiana ecklonii
Babiana sp., Babiana
Babiana vanzyliae


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Belamcanda chinensis, Blackberry Lily

Belamcanda chinensis

Blackberry Lily
Family: Iridaceae
Origin: SE Asia
Small plant 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterDry conditionsRed, crimson, vinous flowersYellow, orange flowersSubtropical, mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Plant in fertile soil in full sun to partial shade. Adapts to most soil types. Blackberry Lily is quite unique as it tolerates wet soils and drought conditions. The foliage looks similar to an Iris. When ripe the seed pods look like clusters of Blackberries and are useful in dried arrangements.





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Chasmanthe aethiopica, Cobra Lily

Chasmanthe aethiopica

Cobra Lily
Family: Iridaceae
Origin: South Africa
Small plant 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterRed, crimson, vinous flowersYellow, orange flowersEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

The stem is inclined with the flowering spike held almost horizontally and the flowers curving outwards in a double row along the upper side.Chasmanthe aethiopica thrives in relatively fertile, freely draining soil and will soon spread naturally through division of the corms in favourable situations. Plants are winter-growing and must be kept dry during their summer dormancy. The species does best in milder climates and is not hardy below -5 C.



Chasmanthe aethiopica, Cobra Lily
Chasmanthe aethiopica, Cobra Lily
Chasmanthe aethiopica, Cobra Lily


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Chasmanthe floribunda, Antholyza floribunda, Pennants, African Cornflag

Chasmanthe floribunda, Antholyza floribunda

Pennants, African Cornflag
Family: Iridaceae
Origin: South Africa
Small plant 2-5 ftFull sunRegular waterModerate waterRed, crimson, vinous flowersYellow, orange flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Chasmanthe like to remain undisturbed in the same spot for years and will grow into large clumps. The clumps can be divided every 4 to 5 years, making this an easy plant to propagate. Chasmanthe perform best in sites where they can remain undisturbed for years.



Chasmanthe floribunda, Antholyza floribunda, Pennants, African Cornflag
Chasmanthe floribunda, Antholyza floribunda, Pennants, African Cornflag
Chasmanthe floribunda, Antholyza floribunda, Pennants, African Cornflag
Chasmanthe floribunda, Antholyza floribunda, Pennants, African Cornflag


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Crocosmia sp., Coppertips, Falling Stars, Montbretia

Crocosmia sp.

Coppertips, Falling Stars, Montbretia
Family: Iridaceae
Origin: South Africa
USDA Zone: 8-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall plant 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterRed, crimson, vinous flowersYellow, orange flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Crocosmia are a beautiful, long-lasting perennial that brings vibrant colors, and buzzing life to any garden. Crocosmia are deciduous, cormous perennials with erect, sword-shaped leaves and branched spikes of showy, funnel-shaped flowers in summer. Varieties produce blooms in a range of colors, including orange, yellow, red, crimson and vinous tones. Generally, these plants are resilient, thriving in full sun to semi-shade and tolerating a wide range of soils provided they are well-drained, with a preference for those containing loam, gravel and sand.

Crocosmia require moderate to regular watering, and benefit from fertilizer during the growth period in the spring and summer and a layer of mulch to protect corms in cooler periods. When planted in a warm, temperate climate, these hardy plants tolerate temperatures down to around 30 degrees Fahrenheit and usually bloom from October to May. However, if growing Crocosmia in colder climates, it is best to grow them in pots and bring indoors or cover during the winter, when temperatures dip into the low 20s Fahrenheit.

These vibrant plants not only restore color to gardens but also provide a home to butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. To further attract these species, ensure a sunny location and a reliable water source and adding a few mealworms.

Crocosmia can be grown in garden beds or pots; for colder regions, choose a container-grown plant and use a well-draining, sandy, loamy soil mixture. Additionally, provide plenty of sunshine, keep soil moist, and fertilize with general-purpose compost in the spring for vibrant, long-lasting blooms all season.





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Crocosmia sp. - Coppertips Grass, Falling Stars

Perfect landscape plant for boarders, flowe beds and rock gardens. Easy to grow grass-like perennial with erect, sword-shaped leaves and branched spikes of showy, funnel-shaped red/orange flowers in summer.

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Crocus sativus, Saffron

Crocus sativus

Saffron
Family: Iridaceae
Origin: Southwest Asia
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall plant 2-5 ftFull sunBlue, lavender, purple flowersFragrantEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Spice or herbSubtropical, mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

The flower has three stigmas, which are the distal ends of the plant's carpels. Together with its style, the stalk connecting the stigmas to the rest of the plant, these components are often dried and used in cooking as a seasoning and coloring agent. Saffron also has medicinal applications.



Crocus sativus, Saffron
Crocus sativus, Saffron
Spanish saffron


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Dierama dracomontanum, Hairbells, Angel's Fshing Rod, Fairybells, Wandflowers

Dierama dracomontanum

Hairbells, Angel's Fshing Rod, Fairybells, Wandflowers
Family: Iridaceae
Origin: South Africa
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall plant 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterPink flowers

Dierama is an evergreen, mainly summer growing geophyte. It has long, narrow tough fibrous foliage and pendulous bell-shaped flowers. It has light to dark rose pink, coral or red, sometimes purple pink flowers.



Dierama dracomontanum, Hairbells, Angel's Fshing Rod, Fairybells, Wandflowers


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Dietes bicolor, Moraea bicolor, Evergreen Iris, Spanish Iris, African Iris

Dietes bicolor, Moraea bicolor

Evergreen Iris, Spanish Iris, African Iris
Family: Iridaceae
Origin: South Africa
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall plant 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterWhite, off-white flowersYellow, orange flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

These are evergreen perennials with spreading fans of stiff, leathery sword shaped leaves.

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping.



Dietes bicolor, Moraea bicolor, Evergreen Iris, Spanish Iris, African Iris
Dietes bicolor, Moraea bicolor, Evergreen Iris, Spanish Iris, African Iris
Dietes bicolor, Moraea bicolor, Evergreen Iris, Spanish Iris, African Iris
Dietes bicolor, Moraea bicolor, Evergreen Iris, Spanish Iris, African Iris


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Dietes iridioides Amatola, African Iris, Fortnight Lily, Morea Iris

Dietes iridioides Amatola

African Iris, Fortnight Lily, Morea Iris
Family: Iridaceae
Origin: Kenya, South Africa
USDA Plant Hardiness MapGroundcover and low-growing 2ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterWhite, off-white flowers

A single plant of Dietes iridioides Amatola can reach a size of 2ft in both height and width. The plant will flower with white and off-white flowers throughout its growing season. This African Iris is useful as a groundcover in USDA Zones 9-11, making them well suited for planting in gardens in warm temperate regions. Once established, the plants are extremely drought tolerant and able to cope without regular watering.

For those living in cooler climates, Dietes iridioides Amatola can be grown in containers, though the plants will require extra protection from the cold in winter. During winter the small pots should be moved indoors or placed in a sheltered spot under the eaves. The soil in the containers should be kept moist in summer and dried out slightly in winter months to reduce the risk of root rot.

Dietes iridiloides Amatola is an easy to care for plant and is ideal for adding texture and interest to your garden. It will perform best when grown in full sun to partial shade and with regular watering during the summer months. With careful attention, the fortnight lily will produce stunning white and off white flowers throughout its growing season and provide you with a lovely ground cover.





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Dietes robinsoniana, Lord Howe Wedding Lily

Dietes robinsoniana

Lord Howe Wedding Lily
Family: Iridaceae
Origin: Australia
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall plant 2-5 ftFull sunModerate waterWhite, off-white flowers

Dietes robinsoniana, the Lord Howe Wedding Lily is found naturally only on Lord Howe Island. This is the largest plant in the genus Dietes.

A sequence of large pure white flowers with yellow markings toward the centre are produced on a candelabra-like inflorescence that can produce 5-10 flowers; each flower may only stay open for one day.

In the wild it grows in large swathes on rocky headlands close to the shore in full sun.



Dietes robinsoniana, Lord Howe Wedding Lily
Dietes robinsoniana, Lord Howe Wedding Lily
Dietes robinsoniana, Lord Howe Wedding Lily


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