Scientific nameThis iris has sword shaped evergreen dark green leaves arranged in a fan. It has a white flower with yellow and violet towards the centre. Dietes irioides flowers from spring through to summer but the flower lasts for only one morning. Heavy seed pods droop towards the ground. It is not common in gardens but considered a good plant for garden cultivation.
Sow seeds in spring or divide large clumps which spread by means of rhizomes.
Plantlets often develop on the flower stems and root easily when they touch the ground. Dietes is effective in mass plantings under trees and around water features.
This table below shows how many plants we are trying to obtain for this species.
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We are in need of this species! Can you help? Maybe you have this species at home, or perhaps you can collect seeds or cuttings (if applicable) from friends or from a public space. If so, why don't you help establish this species in areas where it is much needed!
Conservation status: Least Concern
This species was selected because it has various important characteristics.
It provides medicinal value
Easy to grow
Dietes iridioides is indigenous to: Peninsula Shale Renosterveld