Butterfly Iris

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Butterfly Iris

Dietes grandiflora
Dietes, Butterfly Iris
2

3 feet
2

3 feet
South Africa
  • Full Sun
  • Low
  • Evergreen
  • Flowering
  • Attracts Pollinators

About This Plant

Sun/part shade; evergreen, with swordlike foliage growing in spreading clumps. The winged blossoms are intricately patterned in white, purple and yellow. Like bicolor iris, crinum and a few other South African plants, butterfly iris is lush and hardy, rarely requiring regular grooming (it can be cut back freely as needed.) It grows large enough to hide AC condensers and it’s often used for that purpose, since it prefers morning sun and tolerates afternoon shade. The leaves are wider than the leaves of the similar bicolor iris. Both species are used for massing in commercial landscapes too dry or too sunny for lilyturf and liriope.

Maintenance

Water; can be pruned occasionally by pinching or cutting back to remove spent foliage or encourage flowering. Clumps can be divided easily.

Features

Plant Type:
Perennial
Size:
2-3' H, 2-3' W
Sunlight Requirements:
Full Sun
Soil Types:
Clay, Sandy
Wildlife:
Bees, Butterflies, Pollinators
Flower Color:
Lavender, White
Bloom Time:
June, July
Freeze Hardy:
Yes
Invasive:
No
Caution:
None
Coupon Eligible:

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