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Butterfly Iris (white)

Butterfly Iris (white)

Regular price $6.80 USD
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Plant Type: perennial
Plant Height: 2-4 feet
Spread: 2-3 feet
Flower Color: white with yellow
Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Shade


The Butterfly Iris, scientifically known as Dietes iridioides, is a graceful, clump-forming perennial native to South Africa. It is cherished in gardens for its striking, iris-like flowers and robust, evergreen foliage. Also known as Fortnight Lily or African Iris, this plant is an excellent choice for adding elegance and a tropical flair to a variety of garden settings.

Growing to about 2 to 4 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide, the Butterfly Iris forms dense clumps of long, slender, bright green leaves that provide a lush, year-round backdrop for its blooms. From late spring to fall, it produces tall, slender flower stalks bearing delicate, white flowers. Each bloom features six petals adorned with yellow and violet markings near the base, creating a striking contrast. The flowers are short-lived, lasting only a day or two, but the plant blooms repeatedly, providing a continuous display of color throughout the growing season.

Adapted to full sun to partial shade, Dietes iridioides thrives in well-draining soil and is moderately drought-tolerant once established, making it suitable for xeriscaping and water-wise gardens. It can adapt to a variety of soil types and prefers consistent moisture for optimal growth and flowering.

In landscaping, the Butterfly Iris is often used in mass plantings, as an accent in mixed borders, or in containers. Its elegant form and attractive flowers make it a popular choice for gardeners looking to create visually appealing and low-maintenance landscapes. It is also effective when used along walkways, in cottage gardens, or around ponds and water features.

Overall, the Butterfly Iris is a versatile and attractive perennial, ideal for gardeners seeking to add beauty and interest to their outdoor spaces. Its ease of care, drought tolerance, and continuous bloom cycle make it a favored choice for a wide range of garden styles and settings.

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