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Large Wild Iris

Dietes grandiflora

Also known as

Fairy Iris, Groot Wilde-Iris (Afr.), Isiqungasehlati (Zulu)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Large Wild Iris Overview

This hardy indigenous clump forming plant is spectacular in mass plantings but is also useful as a filler in mixed plantings. The beautiful orchid like flowers appear in profusion in spring to summer, making a spectacular display. This plant needs very little care, but will benefit from being planted in composted soil in a sunny or semi-shaded position. This is a common feature plant. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal.

Common problems with Large Wild Iris

None known

    How to harvest Large Wild Iris

    Seed pods can be collected in winter and stored in a paper bag for sowing in spring.

    How to propagate Large Wild Iris


    Sow seeds in situ in early spring. Keep moist and transplant as soon as big enough to handle.


    Divide clumps in early spring or autumn and replant. They will recover quickly.

    Special features of Large Wild Iris

    Attracts useful insects

    Including beetles and bees

    Attracts birds

    Birds are attracted to the insects that frequently visit this plant.

    Attracts butterflies

    Drought resistant

    Pot plant

    Attracts bees

    Wet sites

    Attractive flowers

    Flowers are white, with yellow and blue markings. These last only for a day or two and are therefore not recommended for the vase.

    Other uses of Large Wild Iris


    Hardy indigenous plant often used in industrial landscaping areas like shopping malls.

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