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White African Iris

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$19.99
  • White flowers with yellow and blue-purple markings
  • Matures to 2-3' wide by 2-3' tall
  • Hardy in USDA Zones 8 - 11
  • Plant in full sun to part shade
Pot size

Description

The White African Iris(Fortnight Lily) is a tall grass-like perennial that produces beautiful white flowers with yellow and blue-purple markings. These will produce flowers that only last one day, but will quickly re-bloom in cycles from Spring into Fall.

With a naturally clumping growth habit, they reach 2-3' H x 2-3' W at maturity. Therefore, they're extremely low-maintenance. They're also heat and humidity tolerant once established. Use them in containers, borders, mixed garden beds, near ponds, and mass plantings.

They are perennial in USDA Zones 8 to 11 and annual outside of those zones. They're a great addition to seasonal long-blooming annual containers.

White African Iris Care

Perennial in USDA Zones 8-11 and Annual in Zones 7 and below.

Plant in Full Sun to Part Sun for best results. Too little sunlight exposure leads to decreased bloom and foliage potential.

Water 2-3 times per week during the first growing season to ensure that it gets well-established.

The White African Iris will grow best in rich garden soil with good drainage.

This variety requires little fertilizer, however, a light application of a balanced organic fertilizer ensures that it will stay happy and healthy.

Care & Use

Getting Started: Understanding Your New Plant

Review your plant's information on our website or the tag that comes with it. Be mindful of sunlight preferences, soil type, and spacing needs.

Our plants are adaptable but grow best in the correct USDA Zones. Click here to learn more about your USDA Zone.

Planting Instructions

Dig a Hole

First, dig a hole three times the width of the root ball of your plant. This makes it easier for the root system to spread out quickly. Dig the hole deep enough that your plant will sit level with or slightly above the ground around it.

Amend Your Soil

Mix your native soil with rich gardening soil to provide extra nutrients and support plant growth. If your soil is clay-heavy, we recommend mixing your native clay soil with equal parts of Pine Bark mulch to improve drainage and the overall breathability of your soil.

Place Your Plant

Examine the roots. If they appear tightly bound, gently coax them apart; this ensures they can spread into the new soil. Place your plant in the hole so the top of the rootball is even with the surrounding soil—Backfill around it with the amended soil mixture. The roots need access to oxygen for your plant to thrive, so do not cover the rootball; place soil around it.

Mulch Your Plants

Top the soil beneath your plant with 3-4 inches of mulch to help it retain moisture. Be careful not to cover the rootball - your new plants roots need access to oxygen.

Water Your Plant

Soak the plant with a hose afterward to hydrate the plant, as well as get the soil and mulch situated. Develop a regular watering schedule based on your plant's needs and local weather patterns. Remember, over watering is just as, if not more, harmful than under watering.

Spacing Recommendations

Spacing Recommendations

Space your White African Iris plants about 1-2' apart for seamless foliage. Space them over a foot apart to leave space between each plant.

  • Scientific Name
    Dietes iridioides
  • Hardiness Zone
    8, 9, 10, 11
  • Sun Exposure
    Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Evergreen or Deciduous
    Evergreen
  • Features
    Attracts Birds / Butterflies, Disease Tolerant, Drought Tolerant, Flowering, Heat Tolerant, Reblooming, Sun Loving
  • Feature Color
    White
  • Uses
    Accent, Border, Coastal, Container, Cut Flowers, Foundation Planting, Groundcover, Mass Planting, Mixed Garden Bed, Specimen, Woodland Garden
  • Water Needs
    Medium
  • Bloom Season
    Fall, Spring, Summer

Growing Zones : 8, 9, 10, and 11

Map of USDA Zones 8-11
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White African Iris

$19.99

The White African Iris(Fortnight Lily) is a tall grass-like perennial that produces beautiful white flowers with yellow and blue-purple markings. These will produce flowers that only last one day, but will quickly re-bloom in cycles from Spring into Fall.

With a naturally clumping growth habit, they reach 2-3' H x 2-3' W at maturity. Therefore, they're extremely low-maintenance. They're also heat and humidity tolerant once established. Use them in containers, borders, mixed garden beds, near ponds, and mass plantings.

They are perennial in USDA Zones 8 to 11 and annual outside of those zones. They're a great addition to seasonal long-blooming annual containers.

White African Iris Care

Perennial in USDA Zones 8-11 and Annual in Zones 7 and below.

Plant in Full Sun to Part Sun for best results. Too little sunlight exposure leads to decreased bloom and foliage potential.

Water 2-3 times per week during the first growing season to ensure that it gets well-established.

The White African Iris will grow best in rich garden soil with good drainage.

This variety requires little fertilizer, however, a light application of a balanced organic fertilizer ensures that it will stay happy and healthy.

Pot size

  • 2.5 Quart
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