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Yellow Wild Iris

Dietes bicolor

Also known as

Peacock Flower

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








3 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Seed capsules
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Yellow Wild Iris Overview

With its unique and unusual flowers, aesthetically pleasing shape and ease of cultivation, the 'Yellow Wild Iris' is a desirable and versatile garden plant. This species is very popular when it comes to landscapers and gardeners as it has a remarkable spreading habit as a visually enjoyable ground-cover, filling almost any space in any garden.

Common problems with Yellow Wild Iris

Pests include the weevil beetle, leaf miner, and spider mites. Generally disease free.

Yellow Wild Iris Companion Plants

Plant alongside grasses and small hardy shrubs.

How to harvest Yellow Wild Iris

Harvest seeds in autumn when ripe by breaking of the pods, and sow immediately. Each flower lasts for one day, which doesn't make it an ideal cut-flower for floral arrangements.

How to propagate Yellow Wild Iris


This species grows exceptionally easy by seed. Sow seeds in autumn when ripe. Sow at a depth of 1 to 2 cm and space them 10 to 20 cm apart.


Divide the rhizomes in autumn, and plant them at a depth of 2 cm and space them 40 cm apart.


Division in spring.

Special features of Yellow Wild Iris

Attracts useful insects

Attracts insects such as bees, butterflies and moths.

Drought resistant

This species may originate near streams, but is extremely drought resistant.

Attracts birds

The pollinating insects attracts various birds.

Wet sites

It occurs naturally near streams and in marshy places.

Crop rotation

A moderate to heavy feeder.

Pot plant

Can be grown in containers given sufficient drainage holes.

Other uses of Yellow Wild Iris

Grown for their attractive flowers in spring or summer.


Traditional use of roots.


Because the plant multiplies rapidly, it can be easily propagated for large-scale plantings. Its evergreen, spreading habit makes it suitable for use as a long-lasting ground cover.


Although it occurs naturally near streams and in marshy places, it is also drought-resistant and frost-hardy. Dietes bicolor forms a large spiky clump, ideal for use as an accent plant near ponds or at the sides of steps, pathways and entrances.

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