Exotic white flowers with yellow and purple-blue markings burst from stalks amid stiff, iris-like, evergreen foliage. Profuse bloomer; blooms last only one day but are quickly replaced. Fire resistant.
The African Iris, also known as Fornight Lily or Morea Iris, has sword-shaped leaves that grow in a fan-like pattern and beautiful white iris-like flowers that extend above. Its great aesthetic value coupled with its ease of care and growth, make it a great plant for many different landscapes. It is very versatile and can be planted in various mediums from moderately dry soils to wetlands. It grows and spreads by rhizomes, stands up to heat, drought and neglect and requires minimal maintenance. While his plant is hardy year-round in zones 8-11, it is a popular choice for perennial landscapes here in Oklahoma (zone 7) with our increasingly mild winters.
The African Iris flowers are unique and striking. Blooming primarily in spring and summer and periodically throughout the winter. Younger plants flower less, but within 2 years of its initial planting, the African Iris will begin to flower year round. Although the flowers are short lived, they are numerous; with each stalk producing a large supply of buds. The flower stems are perennials, and therefore do not need to be cut back once they flower.
Thrives in fertile, well-drained soils, but highly adaptable. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. For a neat appearance, remove old flower stalks. Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring.