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Bicolor Iris (yellow)

Bicolor Iris (yellow)

Regular price $6.80 USD
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Plant Type: perennial
Plant Height: 2-3 feet
Spread: 2-3 feet
Flower Color: yellow with brown or maroon markings
Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Shade


The Bicolor Iris, scientifically known as Dietes bicolor, is a clump-forming, evergreen perennial native to South Africa. It is widely appreciated for its elegant, sword-like foliage and distinctive, yellow flowers that feature striking brown or maroon markings. Often called the Yellow Wild Iris or Peacock Flower, this plant adds a touch of exotic beauty to garden landscapes, borders, and container plantings.

Growing to about 2 to 3 feet in both height and spread, the Bicolor Iris forms dense clumps of long, slender, green leaves that create an upright and arching silhouette. From late spring through summer, and sporadically throughout the year in warmer climates, it produces tall, slender stems topped with iris-like flowers. Each bloom is yellow with a unique pattern of brown or maroon spots and lasts for one day, though the plant produces flowers prolifically during the blooming season.

Adapted to full sun to partial shade, Dietes bicolor thrives in well-draining soil and is moderately drought-tolerant once established, making it suitable for a variety of garden settings, including xeriscapes and water-wise gardens. It prefers regular watering but can tolerate periods of dryness, especially when planted in partial shade.

In landscaping, the Bicolor Iris is often used in mass plantings for a dramatic effect, as an accent in mixed borders, or in containers where its architectural foliage and vibrant flowers can be appreciated up close. It is also effective when planted along walkways, in rock gardens, or around ponds and water features.

Overall, the Bicolor Iris is a low-maintenance and attractive perennial, ideal for gardeners looking to add long-lasting color and texture to their outdoor spaces. Its drought tolerance, ease of care, and striking blooms make it a popular choice for a wide range of landscaping projects, especially those focused on sustainability and visual impact.

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