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Dietes vegeta

Botanical Name: Dietes vegeta (added by Justine Manis, 28-DEC-08)

Botanical Synonyms:

Moraea vegeta, Dietes iridioides, Moraea iridioides (Justine Manis, 28-DEC-08)

Moraea vegata is a different plant (David Ehrlich, 29-APR-12)


Other iridaceae (Justine Manis, 28-DEC-08)

This plant is either Dietes grandiflora or Dietes iridoides (David Ehrlich, 29-APR-12)

Common Names:

African Iris, Butterfly Iris. Fortnight lily (Justine Manis, 28-DEC-08)

African Iris (David Ehrlich, 29-APR-12)

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General Description:

Grasslike, sword shaped leaves up to 2 1/2-3 feet tall, three inch white flowers with yellow and purple blotches resembling Japanese irises, seems to bloom every 2 weeks or so which is reflected in one common name Fortnight Lily (Justine Manis, 28-DEC-08)

Distinguishing Features:

Clump forming, vigorous growth, flowers spring, summer and fall (Justine Manis, 28-DEC-08)

Preferred Habitat:

Full sunlight, partial shade, prefers moist soil but can tolerate erratic watering when established (Justine Manis, 28-DEC-08)


Zones 8-10 (Justine Manis, 28-DEC-08)

Native Range:

East Africa (Justine Manis, 28-DEC-08)

Status in the Wild:

Unknown (Justine Manis, 28-DEC-08)

Commercial Availability:

Widely available and popular in South (Justine Manis, 28-DEC-08)

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Additional Comments:

Don't cut off flower stems as they rebloom (Justine Manis, 28-DEC-08)

Botanically, Iris vegeta is an obsolete name for Dietes iridioides. Plants commonly sold under the name Dietes vegeta may also be Dietes grandiflora. (Ken Walker, 13-JUN-14)

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