It has fan-shaped clumps of iris-like, narrow, sword-shaped, basal, evergreen leaves. Flowers appear on branched stalks. In frost-free areas, plants bloom spring to fall and intermittently throughout winter. Each flower, up to 3″ wide, is white with yellow and blue markings and last one day but are quickly replaced. The flower stalk carries many buds. Flowering occurs in bursts that often occur at 2 week intervals, hence the common name of fortnight lily.
Pronunciation: dy-AY-teez ir-id-ee-OY-deez
Species Meaning: Iris like
Dietes iridioides is native to South Africa.
Dietes iridioides is the only species in the genus that comes from the Mediterranean climate area of the Cape Region of South Africa. Easily to grow in moist, moderately fertile, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. In colder areas, the rhizomes may be dug before first fall frost for overwintering. Best flowering occurs in full sun, but plants may appreciate some part light afternoon shade in hotter regions. Plants tolerate some soil dryness but are best grown with regular moisture. Remove seed pods as they begin to form to encourage additional bloom.
Forms large clumps over time that need to be divided. Can be invasive in warmer regions.
In Our Garden
Plant ID: P21006
On the dry bench.
We acquired this plant from Ebay: rosecottageseedcompany.