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Wild Iris

Dietes iridioides

Also known as

Wood Iris

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

8a-11b

USDA zone

-12°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1.2m

Max

1m

80cm

Min

50cm

3 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Plant
Plantlet forming

Wild Iris Overview

The wild iris is a striking ornamental plant with dark green fan-like leaves and dainty, unique flowers which grows easily in most temperate and even subtropical gardens and can multiply easily. This prolific flowerer carries its flowers on a wiry, arching stem. The flowers are dainty and each bloom lasts a single morning. New flowers open continually during the flowering spell. It is not only an ornamental contribution to most gardens but is also traditionally used in the medical applications. Due to being easy to grow as well as being low-maintenance, this is an ideal plant for any gardener to plant professional and amateur alike.

Common problems with Wild Iris

Resilient to most pests and diseases.

    Wild Iris Companion Plants

    Plant alongside grasses and hardy shrubs.

    How to harvest Wild Iris

    Fruit is a capsule, oval shaped and it disintegrates to release black seeds. Allow the heads to dry completely on plants, then remove seeds.

    How to propagate Wild Iris

    Seed

    Sowing time is in Autumn. Space seed 30cm apart and sow at a depth of around 2cm.

    Rhizomes

    Rhizomes can be split or divided during winter.

    Division

    Division in spring.

    Special features of Wild Iris

    Attracts useful insects

    Insects include bees and butterflies.

    Drought resistant

    Tough and drought resistant.

    Pot plant

    Can grow well in a large container, given enough sunlight and good drainage holes.

    Hedge plant

    Other uses of Wild Iris

    Low hedges.

    Medicinal

    Traditionally infusions made from the rhizome are taken orally in enemas to treat dysentery. Rhizomes are used during childbirth and for hypertension and the roots are used for first menstruation.

    Ornamental

    Dietes is effective in mass plantings under trees and around water features.

    Medicinal