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Dietes

Forming dense and long-lasting clumps of narrow, sword-like foliage, Dietes are rhizomatous evergreen perennials boasting a succession of iris-like flowers with 3 large outer segments and 3 small inner ones. Blooming throughout spring, summer, and fall, and sometimes well into winter in mild climates, the ravishing blossoms usually last only one day but they produced in seemingly endless numbers. Easy to grow and virtually indestructible, Dietes are not fussy as to soil type and will adjust to full sun or part shade.

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Dietes grandiflora (Fairy Iris)

Native to eastern and southern Africa, Dietes grandiflora (Fairy Iris) is a rhizomatous evergreen perennial with large, iris-like flowers, 4 in. across (10 cm), borne on erect, slender stalks atop clumps of long, upright, stiff, sword-like green leaves. Each waxy white flower consists of 3 outer petals adorned with a stripe of rich yellow near their base, and 3 inner segments flecked with brown at their heart. Radiating from the bloom's center are 3 pale violet style arms.

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Dietes iridioides (Fortnight Lily)

Native to eastern and southern Africa, Dietes iridioides (Fortnight Lily) is a rhizomatous evergreen perennial with attractive flowers resembling small Japanese Irises. They appear on branched stalks over an incredibly long season, extending from spring to fall and sometimes well into winter in mild climates.

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