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Fortnight Lily, African Iris
Scientific Name: Dietes vegeta (L.) N.E. Br.
Synonym: Dietes iridioides, Moraea iridioides, Moraea vegeta
Family: Iridaceae
Fortnight Lily, African Iris (Dietes vegeta)
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Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 8,9,11-24
USDA: 8b-11

Frost Tolerance: Hardy to 15F (-10C)

Sun Exposure: Full sun to light shade (light shade is definitely better in the hot desert)

Origin: Eastern Africa, Malawi,Tanzania

Growth Habits: Evergreen perennial to 4 feet high (1.2 m)

Watering Needs: Moderate to regular water, blooms more regularly with regular water

Propagation: Clump division in spring, seeds in spring or fall.

Fortnight Lily, African Iris (Dietes vegeta)

Blooming Habits:
The 3-inch wide (7 cm) flowers are short lived, but are numerous. They come in group at approximately 2 week intervals in spring and summer. Don't cut off the long flower stems, since they will grow more flowers.

Divide clumps in the fall, or in winter. Self seed easily.

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