Used widely in commercial landscaping Dieties are popular because they have good flowers, good foliage and are almost indestructible. No green thumbs need for this hardy plant.
Although a number of species are available, it is Dietes grandiflora that is most popular in cultivation.
Tall growing with green lance shaped leaves. Grown both for the foliage and the bright flowers that appear from spring through summer.
Dietes plants and species are a small iris like flowering plants, species include :
- D. grandiflora (Wild iris, Fairy Iris)
- D. bicolor (Peacock Flower or Butterfly Iris) and
- D.iridioides (African iris, Cape iris) .
Dietes are used widely as a low growing ground cover plant. D. Grandiflora will flower from spring through to summer and is a very hardy plant that will reach 1m in height. Originally from South Africa they are widely used in roadside plantings.
D. grandiflora is sometimes referred to as the ‘Wild Iris’, D. iridioides is known as the ‘fortnight lily’.
Most species are native to South Africa however D. robinsoniana or ‘Wedding Lily’ is a native of Lord Howe island.
Best grown in full sun in a well drained soil.
Water in well when planting and through the first summer. D. grandiflora is reasonably drought tolerant once established.
- Position – Full sun
- Soil – Humus rich well drained
- Flowering period – Summer to autumn however will spot flower through the year.