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African Iris

Dietes iridioides

Exotic white flowers with yellow and purple-blue markings burst from stalks amid stiff, iris-like, evergreen foliage. Profuse bloomer; blooms last only one day but are quickly replaced. Fire resistant.
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Good to grow! 9


Full sun, Partial sun

Once established, needs only occasional watering.


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Botanical Pronunciationdy-AY-teez ir-id-ee-OY-deez
Average Size at MaturityModerate grower to 2 to 3 ft. tall and 3 to 4 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSpring through Late Fall
Design IdeasHere is a white Iris that is simple to maintain and fits into virtually any garden, from prim perennial borders to low-maintenance parking lots! One of the best all-purpose plants for home landscapes, it stands up to heat, drought and neglect. Flank gateways with them, add to courtyards and entry gardens, or spot into larger foundation plantings, where the vertical reed-like foliage makes a great accent or contrast. A perfect plant to grow beside koi ponds, streambeds and fountains. Evokes the Mediterranean countryside when planted below or beside wall fountains. Or, evoke ancient Rome with this Iris in classical terra-cotta pots on pedestals or lined on steps. Grow as a low hedge around edges of porches and decks.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary, Cottage, Rustic
Growth HabitClumping
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Firescaping/Firewise, Hedge, Poolside, Rock Garden, Woodland Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureClump Forming, Easy Care, Waterwise, Year-round Interest
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, needs only occasional watering.
Companion PlantsClethra (Clethra); Rhododendron (Rhododendron); Coneflower (Echinacea); Sweetspire (Itea); Fothergilla (Fothergilla)

Thrives in fertile, well-drained soils, but highly adaptable. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. For a neat appearance, remove old flower stalks. Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 8-11

USDA Cold Hardiness Zone Map

Your USDA Cold Hardiness Zone: 9

Good to grow!