Dietes flavida

Water Needs

moderate; water wise

Dietes flavida
Perennial; Groundcover
Natal Wild Iris

50 – 70 cm

Size

Light Conditions

sun; semi-shade

Frost

hardy

Flowers

pale to gold-yellow spring and summer

sun; dry shade; semi-shade; light shade; sandy soils; rockery; paving; container; narrow spaces; walls; roof gardens; slope bank; wildlife bees insects;

Garden Situation

Habitat

woodland; rocky places

Region

subtropical east coast; thicket; Highveld

Rain Season

summer

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Description

A special for the garden, this less common member of the Iris family has bright shiny green to grey-green leaves, narrow and strappy, forming a strong fan that droop gently at the leaf tip. The foliage is one of the most attractive of this genus, with a soft sheen seen best in the light shade of a tree, and they form a most attractive show along a pathway. Plants form a more compact shape and flower best in full sun, but will do well in semi-shade or a very light shade. Flowers are coloured gold-yellow to pale yellow with large orange to brown splotches positioned in the centre of each of the 6 petals; flavida meaning pale yellow. Flowers last for only 8 hours with new buds ready to open the following day throughout spring and summer. The pale yellow flowers and drooping, smooth seed capsules differentiate this species from Dietes iridoides. Split crowded clumps after flowering in autumn, or even in early spring before new growth shows. Cut off old sections of the rhizome, and replant immediately. Mulch with a thick layer of compost.

Dietes flavida
Dietes flavida