NAME: Yellow African Iris
OTHER COMMON NAMES: Fortnight Lily / Butterfly Flag / Evergreen Iris / Peacock Iris / Peacock Flower / Bicolor Iris / Spanish Iris
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Dietes Bicolor
COLOR: Yellow With Maroon Spots
PLANT SEEDS: Fall / Cold stratify / Outdoors after frost / Indoors weeks before last frost
BLOOM TIME: Nearly Year Round. From Spring - Summer - Fall
HARDINESS ZONE: 8 - 11
PLANT HEIGHT: 24 - 36"
PLANT SPACING: 24 - 36"
LIGHT REQUIREMENTS: Sun - Part Shade
SOIL & WATER PREFERENCES: Average
QUANTITY: 20 Seeds
OTHER: The African Iris is one of my personal favorites! I absolutely adore their giant colorful 2” flowers, & their evergreen long grass-like leaves that grow in neat clusters & never look scraggly. These plants are an excellent choice for any location, from being used as a specimen plant to beds & borders, containers, or rock gardens. African Iris’ are quite tolerant of heat & drought, & can thrive in a variety of settings from desert to coastal conditions. They are deer & rabbit resistant too.
This East African native is hardy in zones 8 – 11, but can be fully enjoyed in cooler climates. They grow quickly enough to be enjoyed as an annual, can be brought indoors over the winter, or grown as a houseplant year round. The plants will also form corms that can be dug in fall & stored over the winter to replant the following spring. Of course you can also collect your own plant’s seeds to start even more beauties too!
In the garden, the huge showy blooms will attract bees & butterflies, but they are also a popular cut flower despite the fact that each bloom lasts only 1 day, because there are so many flowers per stalk. More great news – they are nicknamed ‘Fortnight Lily’ because they bloom approximately every 2 weeks, giving you a long season filled with continuous enjoyment.
Side note – I read an article that stated parts of this plant are poisonous if ingested – I was not able to find another source to validate this, so am not certain if that is correct, but figured it was best to play it safe & tell you not to eat them.
* We also have the lovely White African Iris seeds available in our store! The 2 look super fantastic planted together! *
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Feb 23, 2021
Dec 2, 2020
Received can’t wait to plant . Thank You
Jun 25, 2020
The length of time to receive packets of seeds was ridiculously long.
Jun 21, 2020
Feb 3, 2019
Came quickly seeds as described