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Herbertia lahue (Prairie Nymph)

Prairie Nymph, Herbertia, Celestial, Chilean Iris, Herbert's Iris


Noted for its exotic-looking flowers, Herbertia lahue (Prairie Nymph) is a charming bulbous perennial boasting beautiful, blue-lavender, iris-like flowers, 2 in. across (5 cm), in early to late spring. Each blossom features three large spreading outer segments and three much smaller inner ones, together forming a cup in the center which is conspicuously blue-blotched on a white background. Blooming in succession over two weeks, the flowers last only a day, opening in the morning and closing in the late afternoon. They rise over miniature clumps of narrowly sword-shaped, erect leaves and are a good source of nectar for bees and other pollinators. Endemic to southern and eastern Texas and western Louisiana, Prairie Nymph is commonly found in prairies, meadows, pastures, and untended lawns of older homes. Preferring light shade and dry feet, Prairie Nymph is a most beautiful wildflower for an astounding spring floral show.

  • Grows up to 6-12 in. tall (15-30 cm) and 3-6 in. wide (7-15 cm).
  • Easily grown in dry, well-drained soils in part shade.
  • No serious pest or disease issues.
  • Propagate by seed or by division of bulbs.
  • Native to Florida, Louisiana, Mississipi, Texas.

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Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 10
Plant Type Bulbs, Perennials
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 6" – 1' (15cm – 30cm)
Spread 3" – 6" (7cm – 15cm)
Spacing 6" (15cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Southeast, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Southwest, Texas
Garden Uses Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 10
Plant Type Bulbs, Perennials
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 6" – 1' (15cm – 30cm)
Spread 3" – 6" (7cm – 15cm)
Spacing 6" (15cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Southeast, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Southwest, Texas
Garden Uses Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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