Friday, April 11, 2014

Plant Profile-African Iris

This week's Florida-friendly plant profile
features a lovely, easy-to-grow plant
that is used throughout our gardens.

African Iris

This is one of the easiest Florida-friendly plants to grow.
It asks for so little 
and gives quite a display of beautiful white blooms most of the year.

The blooms start out in this tightly formed bud.

Over a matter of a few days, the bloom emerges.

The delicate white petals frame a complex and mesmerizing lilac and yolk-colored centre.

It never disappoints.

When the pods dry, the seeds contained within
readily drop, forming new additions to the garden.

The blooms are prolific with absolutely no care whatsoever.

Two years ago, I transplanted a few that were growing in the backyard.

Here's what it looks like now.
They do well in full sun,
but also thrive in partial shade.
The transplants under our weeping elm
are constantly in bloom.
They look like little white birds taking flight.

These drought-tolerant wonders do just fine with occasional watering.
As is the case with many Florida-friendly plants,
no fertilizer is necessary-ever.

They are easily divided, 
so they are a great plant for sharing with others.
(You can see how we did that here.)

You can read more about this
fabulous care-free plant here.

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