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Description

This stargazing-like, April-blooming flower comes in white and yellow, sometimes with paint strokes of violet to add to its beauty and grace. It may have small flowers that last only a day, but each gives a mighty punch with its stargazing quality that makes you want to look more at this plant's beauty.

This plant looks amazing as a groundcover, in a potted container, or in a rock or woodland garden. It has grass-like features and dainty flowers which allow it to stand its own in any garden. Plus, it is low maintence which can be a plus for any busy gardener. 

When planting, place the woody rhizomes 12 in. apart, 1 per sq. ft., and bury to a depth of 1 in. (2.5 cm).  They are injured by temperatures below 50 degrees F (10 degrees C) but are tolerant of drought.

Cultivars:
  • 'Lemon Drops'
  • 'Orange Drops'
Tags:
#bees#purple#white#yellow#drought tolerant#violet#white flowers#purple flowers#yellow flowers#low maintenance#grass#dainty#stargazing#container#ground cover
Cultivars:
  • 'Lemon Drops'
  • 'Orange Drops'
Tags:
#bees#purple#white#yellow#drought tolerant#violet#white flowers#purple flowers#yellow flowers#low maintenance#grass#dainty#stargazing#container#ground cover
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Dietes
    Family:
    Iridaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Bulb
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Australia, Tropical and Southern Africa
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Drought tolerant
    Bulb Storage:
    Store rhizomes in peat or vermiculite at 41-50 degrees F (5-10 degrees C). Place container plants indoors at 50-65 degrees F (10-18 degrees C).
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 1 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Bulb
    Ground Cover
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Description:
    Individual flowers last one day
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Grass-like
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought