You’d preferably do this cutting in fall, but don’t sweat it if you’re unmotivated to get out there until the weather has warmed up. The delicate flowers appear in summer, in groups, with intervals of a few days to about two weeks, usually just before or after rain. Plant it in a boggy area of the landscape or anywhere near the outdoor faucet. The flowers are even larger than those of the better-known Dietes. Dietes grandiflora can grow to a height and width of 1 metre. Dietes grandiflora, the large wild iris or fairy iris, is a rhizomatous perennial plant of the family Iridaceae with long, rigid, sword-like green leaves. The blooms are white marked with yellow and violet and appear in flushes in spring and summer. Grow as a … Dietes grandiflora. These also attract insect-eating birds that will enchant the garden with their song and beautiful colours. The reason it is seen so often in shopping centre garden plots is because it is tough and easy care. Evokes the Mediterranean countryside when planted below or beside wall fountains. Responds to fertiliser and can be lifted and divided to get numbers. Do not remove flower stems as they continue to flower for several years. Sun/part shade; evergreen, with swordlike foliage growing in spreading clumps. The Dietes grandiflora attracts bees and insects, which pollinate it and add a charming quality to any garden. For optimal results plant in soil containing plenty of compost and water regularly. Its strap-like leaves grow from rhizomes that creep slowly along the ground to make thick clumps. Dietes grandiflora is a hardy species. Dietes grandiflora. Clumps will … to create a dazzling summer display. Learning how to grow dietes in your water garden is not different from other plants that grow in water. There is a very similar species known as Dietes iridoides and I am not really sure how to tell them apart.. Plant description: A versatile perennial with stiff, sword-shaped, dark green leaves and white, iris-like flowers with yellow and mauve markings. However, for best results and most flowers, plant Dietes grandiflora in full sun or light shade in well composted, well drained soil and water well in summer. [1], Large wild iris, Dietes grandiflora, Weeds of Australia, Biosecurity Queensland Edition, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Dietes_grandiflora&oldid=985779808, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 27 October 2020, at 22:21. Best flower production occurs in full sun, but light afternoon shade is welcomed. About This Plant. It is a rhizomatous evergreen perennials that generally resemble beardless iris and grows 2-4’ tall. A perfect plant to grow beside koy ponds, streambeds and fountains. Dietes grandiflora is both frost and drought hardy and will grow in either sun or shade. Several other Dietes species, including D. grandiflora, make good garden plants. will also grow in boggy gardens. When growing the plant in an area other than a bog, regular watering accelerates performance. Dietes, Butterfly Iris ... Next. The beautiful orchid like flowers appear in profusion in spring to summer, making a spectacular display. Flowers are followed by 5 cm long green capsules that contain very dark brown seeds, these are dispersed when the capsule splits open. Use these convenient icons to share this page on various social media platforms: Maranta leuconeura entry: has pics of a different variety? The plants also thrive in damp situations and will tolerate light shade, but do better in full sun except in hot inland gardens where partial shade is best. It is a tough plant that will grow in most soils and, once established, will survive harsh growing conditions – even tolerating drought. They have dark green strappy leaves and flower through early summer in shades of white, yellow & mauve. The flowers sit high and proud on the branched stems. The large wild iris is easy to propagate from seed sown in spring or by dividing large clumps which spread by means of rhizomes. Dietes grandiflora are drought and frost hardy, making them popular for en masse plantings. CARE: Drought and frost hardy so little maintenance is needed after initial care. USES: Companion planting, erosion control, weed suppression, low maintenance gardens, landscaping, borders and edging, waterway banks. For optimal results plant the yellow … Privacy Policy and Best flower production occurs in full sun, but light ... No serious insect or disease problems. Easy to grow, this plant performs best in full sun or part shade, in moist, well-drained soils. Each stem blooms for multiple years. However, for best results and most flowers, plant Dietes grandiflora in full sun or light shade in well composted, well drained soil and water well in summer. The only downside is its ability to produce a lot of seed. These are borne in abundance during summer, especially after rain. This plant needs very little care, but will benefit from being planted in composted soil in a sunny or semi-shaded position. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal. Very good for mass planting. Dietes grandiflora is able to grow easily in very poor soil with little water and can be useful when plants need to be established quickly, for example, after earth moving has taken place. Dietes is a genus of rhizomatous plants of the family Iridaceae, first described as a genus in 1866.Common names include wood iris, fortnight lily, African iris, Japanese iris and butterfly iris, each of which may be used differently in different regions for one or more of the six species within the genus.. 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