Large wild iris


Large wild iris

Dietes grandiflora

Scientific name

Dietes grandiflora (large wild iris, fairy iris) is a rhizomatous perennial plant with long, rigid, sword-like green leaves belonging to the Iridaceae family. This species is common in horticulture in its native South Africa, where it is often used in public gardens, beautification of commercial premises and along roadsides.

The blooms are white marked with yellow and violet. Dark markings are found at the base of the outer tepals. These are borne in abundance during summer, especially after rain. Flowers are followed by 5 cm long green capsules that contain very dark brown seeds, these are dispersed when the capsule splits open.

References and further reading

PlantZAfrica profile »

Wikipedia page »

Image credit: Paul Hoekman

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Important characteristics

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