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

Dietes iridioides Amatola

African Iris, Fortnight Lily, Morea Iris
Family: Iridaceae
Origin: Kenya, South Africa
Groundcover and low-growing 2ft plantSemi-shadeFull sunRegular 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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