The White African Iris shrub is the perfect way to add a touch of the exotic to your landscape without ever leaving your backyard!
African white Iris plants are at home in any garden, offering aesthetic value and dramatic flair with their beautiful white flowers with yellow accents. These versatile plants are often called butterfly iris or a Fortnight Lily because they bloom in bursts with a two-week cycle of downtime. You may see flowers bloom in early spring or fall.
The flowering stems of the African Iris are evergreen perennials that are fan shaped. You don’t need to cut back the flower stalks after the first flowering as you might for most other reblooming iris-like plants. It is similar to the tall bearded irises and of the same origin from South Africa. Some would even consider African Irises to be ornamental grass.
There are many iris flower colors of African iris dietes but the bicolor white and yellow with purple blue markings is a good pair together to bring sunshiney vibes. It is the best white iris variety for gifts for gardeners as it is easy to grow and we have high quality plants!
African irises are a great statement piece in your garden beds and also make excellent cut flowers. You can plant the White African Iris virtually anywhere: water gardens, foundation planting, as accent plants, or in containers.
White African Iris Care
Reduce watering and fertilizing after flowering. The exotic white blooms do not like standing water or wet soil as this causes root rot. Feel free to deadhead spent flower spikes with pruning shears after their 2 week bloom period. It will encourage new growth the next spring bloom.
The African Iris can grow in a wide range of soil types. Irises can handle poor, dry soils, moist soils, but will do best in well-drained soil with regular watering during the growing season. Once established, it is drought tolerant. Stands up to heat, drought, and neglect… What more could you ask for? Our White African Iris’s in Floridas landscape thrive with heat in a partial shade bed.
Dietes iridioides can grow up to 2-3 feet tall and 1-2 feet wide in full sun to partial shade. Prefers warmer climates across the United States in the department of agriculture plant hardiness zones 8-11. The plant will come as a potted iris bulb with rooted rhizomes. The best time to plant irises is in the spring but you can also do an early fall planting if desired.
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- Clump forming
- Low maintenance
- Showy flowers