New Discovery: Fairy Iris in Full Bloom

I just discovered the Fairy Iris! There are several beds with these lovely irises in the recreation area of our neighborhood. While I really love flowers, there is so much that I don’t know about them. My search on Google led me to these two pages, which seems to indicate that these are known as Fairy Irises ( Dietes grandiflora ).

It appears that they do well in dappled sunlight, so their location under native oaks is perfect for them. They are native to eastern and southern Africa. The blossoms last about three days and are quickly replaced with new blooms. They are reportedly easy to grow once established, and considering that this area probably doesn’t get much TLC, that seems right. I especially like that there are no serious insect or disease problems, so that means they should continue to do well.

Gardenia.net says that it can be hard to grow from seeds or by dividing rhizomes. That means it’s probably best to look for these at the garden center already growing well in larger containers if you’d like to start your own bed of fairy irises.

And it looks like they’ve spread around the world — they are considered an “environmental weed” in parts of Australia. If that’s true, then the fairy irises are much nicer weeds than those currently in our yard!

Speaking of our yard, a few bluebonnets are still blooming, but the bluebonnet patch is now mostly a patch of seed pods. I was planning to let them reseed there. Since there are sooooo many, I’m trying to figure out how to collect the seeds and spread in the backyard. That means I’ll be searching for information on collecting and storing bluebonnet seeds… or maybe I should just scatter them now. Ideas, anyone?

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