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Dietes iridioides

Dietes iridioides
African iris
Common name African iris
Family iridaceae
Life cycle tender perennial (Z8b-10)
Flowers white with pale violet and yellow markings (spring-summer)
Size 24"
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil

Evergreen iris relative featuring upright fans of narrow leaf blades and intricate white/soft violet flowers from late spring through late summer. Native to east Africa, they its seemed like they might need mulch protection to survive the occasional harder freeze that Houston's climate throws at us. But even though I never went to great lengths to protect our plant, it has come through three winters, including the rather harsh winter of 2018. On the other hand, our specimen was extremely reluctant to bloom. It finally decided to do so after nearly three years in the garden, with a succession of blooms over a few weeks – different from most of our irises, which flower all at once and are done.

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: back fence border

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