Hairy Iris

Hairy Iris

Moraea papilionacea

Scientific name

Flowers are butterfly-like in appearance, sweetly scented salmon pink or yellow, with yellow nectar guides on outer tepals, outlined in yellow, green or red. It is 10-20cm tall with a fine woolly pubescence on the stems, leaves and inflorescence spathes. Stems branching mainly from the base. there are 2-4 leaves, linear, up to 7mm wide, occasionally exceeding the inflorescence.

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Image credit: © Peter Thompson

Important characteristics

Conservation status: Least Concern

This species was selected because it has various important characteristics.


Suitable for clay soil

Suitable for sandy soil

It provides food for:

Monkey beetle

Moraea papilionacea is indigenous to: Cape Flats Sand Fynbos Peninsula Shale Renosterveld

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