Dietes sp., Wild Iris, Fairy Iris, African Iris

Dietes sp.

Wild Iris, Fairy Iris, African Iris
Family: Iridaceae
Origin: South Africa
USDA Zone: 8-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeModerate waterRegular waterYellow, orange flowersBlue, lavender, purple flowersWhite, off-white flowers

These are evergreen perennials with spreading fans of stiff, leathery sword shaped leaves. The upright clumps of leaves are held in a vertical fanlike plane and they spread on creeping rhizomes. The flowering stalks are branched and stiffly wiry, bearing irislike flowers throughout spring and summer. Grow fortnight lilies in light, dappled shade to nearly full sun.

Species and varieties:

Dietes bicolor

Dietes grandiflora

Dietes iridioides Amatola

Dietes robinsoniana

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