Iris African White (Dietes iridioides)

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Growing Zone: 8-11

Growing Zone: 8-11 Outdoors

Plant Specifications

Plant Name Iris African White (Dietes iridioides)
Mature Height 3-4 feet
Mature Width 2-3 feet
Spacing 2-3 feet apart
Sunlight Full to Partial Sun
Temperature Tolerance 30-80°F
Watering Needs Moderate
Growth Rate 10 inches/year
Difficulty Level Easy
Grows Well Indoors Yes
Flowering Time Spring to Early Summer
Origin Native to South Africa

Looking for a low-maintenance, water-wise plant that adds a pop of color to your garden? Look no further than the Iris African, also known as Dietes iridioides. With its striking white and yellow blooms, this perennial plant is sure to catch the eye of anyone passing by. But its beauty isn't the only reason to add it to your garden - it's also incredibly hardy and easy to care for.

How to Grow

Iris African thrives in full sun to partial shade and can grow in a variety of soils, including sandy, loamy, and clay. It prefers well-drained soil and is drought-tolerant once established. To propagate, divide the clumps in late winter or early spring.

Care Tips

Once established, Iris African requires little care. Water occasionally during hot, dry periods and fertilize in the spring with a slow-release granular fertilizer.


Iris African is a great addition to any garden bed or border. Its long-lasting blooms make it great for cut flower arrangements, and it's also a popular choice for xeriscaping and rock gardens.

Planting Tips

Plant Iris African in the spring or fall, spacing them 1-2 feet apart. Dig a hole twice as wide as the root ball and place the plant in the hole, making sure the top of the root ball is level with the soil surface. Water thoroughly after planting.


Deadhead spent blooms to encourage more flowers and remove any damaged or yellowing leaves as needed. In colder climates, cut back the foliage in late fall to promote healthy growth in the spring.

Pests and Diseases

Iris African is generally pest and disease-free, but can occasionally be affected by spider mites or leaf spot. Treat with an insecticidal soap or fungicide if necessary.



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