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Dietes grandiflora

Common names: Fairy Iris (E); Isiqungasehlati (Z); Fee-iris, Groot Wilde-iris (A);

Native to: Southern Africa
Grass, Groundcover, Shrub

Dietes grandiflora

EVERGREEN

FULL SUN

SEMI-SHADE

FROST HARDY

LOW WATER REQUIREMENTS

MEDIUM WATER REQUIREMENTS

FAST GROWER

ATTRACTS INSECTS

FLOWER COLOUR:

AVERAGE SIZE:

1m x 1m
FLOWERING TIME:
J F M A M J J A S O N D
FRUITING TIME:
J F M A M J J A S O N D

Dietes grandiflora

DESCRIPTION

The wild iris is a fast-growing, evergreen perennial that forms a clump of long strappy leaves. Once established, the plant flowers for many months. It bears masses of large, delicate white-orange-and-mauve flowers displayed on tall stalks.

WILDLIFE & ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS
Attracts bees and other pollinators.
WATER REQUIREMENTS
Water moderately in summer.
MAINTENANCE
The wild iris is low maintenance. Do not rush to remove spent flower stems as they often contain more buds. You may, however remove old leaves and stems to keep the clump tidy. It self seeds quite readily, so if you would like to get more from your plant, allow the flower stems to dry out on the plant and release its seeds.
LANDSCAPING USES
Mass plant at the back of a mixed border to create a stunning display. Dietes is planted extensively on its own or with Agapanthus sp. to create a dazzling summer display.
GARDEN THEMES
Bushveld, Country, Forest, Formal, Grassland, Rockery, Woodland
FOLIAGE
FRUIT
SEED
PESTS & DISEASES
The wild iris is rarely attacked by pests.

2 Responses

  1. Hi Ada

    Thanks for visiting Plantbook.

    Gardening in areas where wild buck roam is always tricky as they tend to eat most of our prized plants in search of the moisture content.

    We’ve found that Dietes is one of the least edible plants when mixed with other species. Perhaps consider mixing your planting with some indigenous wild grasses which are natural to your area so you can still have the benefit of close encounters with the buck whilst also providing them with some nourishment.

    Flourish!
    Glenice

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