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Butterfly Iris in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Dietes iridioides syn. Moraea iridioides, Moraea vegeta, Dietes vegeta

 

Butterfly Iris

Blooming nearly year-round at approximately two week intervals (hence the name Fortnight Lily), this east African native is a stunning addition and looks well in rock gardens or amongst other perennials. Plant in hummus rich soil, in full sun to light afternoon shade. Water in and keep moist during active growth, and relatively dry during dormancy.

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plant Features
  • Butterfly Iris likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Butterfly Iris likes frequent watering

    Frequent watering

  • Butterfly Iris is frost hardy: 23f (-5°c)

    Frost Hardy: 23F (-5°C)

  • Butterfly Iris likes rich and free draining

    Rich and free draining

 
plant information

Common name

Butterfly Iris

Latin name

Dietes iridioides syn. Moraea iridioides, Moraea vegeta, Dietes vegeta

type

Bulb

family

Iridaceae

ph

7.0 - 7.5 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Butterfly Iris likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Frost

    Butterfly Iris is frost hardy: 23f (-5°c)

    Frost Hardy: 23F (-5°C)

  • Soil

    Butterfly Iris likes rich and free draining

    Rich and free draining

  • Water

    Butterfly Iris likes frequent watering

    Frequent watering

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Butterfly Iris is 0.20meters x 1.10meters 0.20 M 1.10 M

Dietes iridioides syn. Moraea iridioides, Moraea vegeta, Dietes vegeta

Blooming nearly year-round at approximately two week intervals (hence the name Fortnight Lily), this east African native is a stunning addition and looks well in rock gardens or amongst other perennials. Plant in hummus rich soil, in full sun to light afternoon shade. Water in and keep moist during active growth, and relatively dry during dormancy.


Planting

From Early Spring TO Mid Spring

Plant in early Spring. Prefers to be grown in the garden rather than in a pot. Likes a full sun to partly shaded position, and must have a well drained soil.

 
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