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Dietes Grandiflora "Large Wild Iris" Seeds
Dietes Grandiflora "Large Wild Iris" Seeds

Dietes Grandiflora "Large Wild Iris" Seeds

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** not available to WA or International buyers.

Common names: large wild iris, fairy iris;

Dietes grandiflora  is a perennial, evergreen plant which grows  up to 1.5m in large clumps.  The plants grow from underground rhizomes.  This well known indigenous large wild iris is commonly grown in gardens and used in large landscapes throughout the Africa. It is a perennial, evergreen plant which grows up to 1.5m in large clumps.  There are six species of Dietes — five of which occur in South Africa — and one on an island in the Tasman Sea between New Zealand and Australia. Dietes were once called Moraea (a closely related group), but were separated because Dietes have a rhizome, whereas Moraea have a true corm.

The long, rigid, sword-shaped leaves, held in a fan shape, are dark green and may reach up to 1m long and 15-20mm wide.  The attractive flowers,  held on erect slender stems about 1m in length, are about 100mm across and are white with yellow nectar guides and outer tepals and violet central segments.  They have dark line markings on the inside petals.  The flowers often bloom after rain in summer. The individual flowers do not last more than a couple of days (so are of no use in a vase) however, the plant bears so many flowers during the peak period that the plant looks most striking.  This plant is occasionally called the "Fairy Iris" because the fragile white petals not only look like fairy wings, but also have a tendency to disappear mysteriously overnight!  The large wild iris fruit is a large capsule up to 45mm which is held erect and splits open to release shiny, dark brown seeds.  The flowers attract lots of bees and other pollinators.

It has become a popular landscaping plant due to its reliability and hardiness and is often found in parking areas at shopping centres, schools etc. It can be effectively used in mass plantings, but is also effective in mixed plantings or used as an accent plant alongside a pond or some steps.

Growing Dietes grandiflora

This is a popular, easy-to-grow garden plant which will grow under most conditions. The plants are both frost and drought hardy and will grow in either sun or shade. However, for best results and most flowers, plant Dietes grandiflora in full sun or light shade in well composted, well drained soil and water well in summer.

The large wild iris is easy to propagate from seed sown in spring or by dividing large clumps which spread by means of rhizomes. They multiply rapidly and are soon ready to be split again.

References:

Sharon Turner
Witwatersrand National Botanical Garden
December 2001

http://pza.sanbi.org/dietes-grandiflora retrieved 5 June 2107 1623 AEST

 To grow:  Growing from seed is easy. Sow the seeds in a well drained mix, cover slightly, water, and keep them above 10 °C (50 °F). Treat the seedlings as you would any other iris (Andrew Wilson). They respond well to water and fertilizers.

** not available to WA or International buyers.

*****Please note:   We do NOT sell live plants at all!!  Quarantine restrictions and inspection fees prohibit the sale of seeds to Western Australia and Internationally.


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