Floral Friday : African Iris

African iris - check die naamDietes is a genus of rhizomatous plants of the family Iridaceae, first described as a genus in 1866. Common names include Fortnight lily, African iris, Morea or Moraea iris, Japanese iris and Butterfly iris, each of which may be used differently in different regions for one or more of the four species within the genus.DSC05007

Most species are native to southern and central Afica, with one (Dietes robinsoniana) native to Lord Howe Island off the coast of Australia. A few species have become naturalized in other parts of the world. WikipediaDSC05008

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26 thoughts on “Floral Friday : African Iris

  1. I have a lot of these in pots in my garden in Claremont. The flowers only last one day and then the section on the leaf which bore the bloom becomes a new plant. They are thus very easy to propogate and are water wise. Please can anyone tell me if they are indigenous to South Africa/Western Cape?

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