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Large wild iris

Dietes grandiflora

Fairy iris (Eng.) , Groot wilde-iris (Afr.)

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This hardy indigenous clump forming plant is spectacular in mass plantings but is also useful as a filler in mixed plantings. The beautiful orchid like flowers appear in profusion in spring to summer, making a spectacular display. This plant needs very little care, but will benefit from being planted in composted soil in a sunny or semi-shaded position.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer, Autumn, Spring
Fruiting time
Summer, Autumn

Harvesting

Seed pods can be collected in winter and stored in a paper bag for sowing in spring.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seeds in situ in early spring. Keep moist and transplant as soon as big enough to handle.
Division
Divide clumps in early spring or autumn and replant. They will recover quickly.

Special features

Attracts useful insects
Including beetles and bees
Attracts birds
Birds are attracted to the insects that frequently visit this plant.
Attractive flowers
Flowers last only for a day or two and are therefore not recommended for the vase. A new flower will quickly follow and open again though, allowing for a long flowering season on the plant!

Geography

Origin
South Africa
Natural climate
Temperate forest areas

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Landscaping
Hardy indigenous plant often used in industrial landscaping areas like shopping malls.

Personality

Family
Iridaceae
Flower colour
White, with yellow and blue markings
Scent
None

Problems

None known

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