White African Iris / Morea Lily
/ Fortnight Lily / Butterfly Iris
( Dietes Iridioides vegeta )
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White African Iris / Morea Lily / Fortnight Lily / Butterfly Iris:
- These striking perennial plants are native to Africa and are considered to
be a 'Florida Fiendly' landcape selection.
- They are known here in North Florida as AFrican Iris but are also referred
to as Morea Lily, Fortnight Lily, Butterfly Iris etc. Regaurdless of what name you choose to call them by, here
in North Florida we love them!
Dietes Iridioides Vegeta Preferred Exposure:
- African Iris can be planted in full sun to full shade in just about any type of
garden you can think of.
White African Iris / Morea Lily / Fortnight Lily / Butterfly Iris Foliage:
- Deep green sword-like foliage stands erect in large clumps and makes a
dramati verticle statement inthe garden or landscape.
Dietes Iridioides Vegeta Soil Preference / Salt tolerance:
- African Iris is tolerant of a wide range of soil components and growing
conditions. Althought moderately drought tolerant once established in the landscape be sure to water
regularly after planting to help get the plant established and growing on its own in the landcape.
- African Irs will tolerate wet soils for prolonged periods and can
be planted into areas where moderate flooding occurs after heavy rains.
- When planted in full sun in well drianed soils plants may need supplimental
irrigation to preform at thier best
- Poor salt tolerance.
White African Iris Size Variance:
- Foliage of the White African Iris can grow up to 4-5 ft High and 3-4 ft wide
although most often seen rowing at heights of 2-3 feet.
White African Iris / Morea Lily / Fortnight Lily / Butterfly Iris Growth
- Evergreen, clumping grass like clump forming perennial.
- Plants should be dug and divided every 2 - 5 years in early spring for
Dietes Iridioides Vegeta Growth Rate:
- African Iris is a moderate to fast growing perennial plant.
White African Iris / Morea Lily / Fortnight Lily / Butterfly Iris Bloom:
- Beautiful white blooms are reminiscent of an orchid flower and
have a yellow splotch towards the base of the petals with a purple center.
-The blooms are 3 inches across in diameter and plants put out blooms
continuously throughout the year, although strongest flowering will occur in spring and again in summer.
-Often called a Fortnight lily because they often blooms in bursts with a two
week cycle of down time that will occur inbetween bloomings.
- The flower stalks are perennial lasting more than one season, so dont
trim them off untill they have gone completely brown or have started to form the 2 inch elongated green seed
Dietes Iridioides Vegeta Water Requirements:
- African Iris plants although moderately drought tolerant once established in
the landscape, will require regular water to get the plant rooted and growing on its own after being
planted in the ground from an S & J nursery container. Use supplimental irrigation when planted in full
sun or in extremely sandy soils for best flowering.
Butterfly or Bird Attracting:
- White African Iris / Morea Lily / Fortnight Lily / Butterfly Iris blooms are not
said to attract hummingbirds or butterfly's to your garden.
Best Uses For African Irs Plants in the North Florida | Jacksonville | St.
Augustine area Landcape:
- African Iris plants are at home in any garden from a strong mediterannean garden
theme to a cottage garden setting,htese plants blend perfectly.
- African Iris make excellent potted plants and their strongly
erect folaige adds a dramatic flare to any garden setting. I love to see them near patios, pools or
walkways where the georgeous blossoms can be appreciated up close.
- Perfect in masses under larger trees or landscape specimen plant you want to draw
attention to. Massed plantings of African Iris will instantly turn a drab tucked away corner of the yard into a
- Low maintenance landscape selection.
- Fire resistant
Care of African Iris plants:
- Water every day during the establishment period after planting in the garden from
an S & J Nursery container.
- When planted in full sun or well drained sandy soils, supplimental
irrigation is preferred for maximum flowering.
- As with all perennial plantings, ammending the soil with compost when planting
your African Iris plants will help keep them healthy and happy throught the years.
- Plants should be dug and divided every 2-5 years in the early spring.
- Fertilize each spring with a handful of garden compost or a mixture of Milorganite or Green Edge Fertilizer and a slow
release poly coated plant food such as Osmocote or Stay Green general purpose
plant food or 10-10-10.
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