Botanical Name: Dietes grandilfora Add
Common Name: Butterfly Iris  
Plant photo of: Dietes grandilfora
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Shrub, Perennial


Height Range

1-3', 3-6'


Flower Color

Yellow, White, Multi-Colored


Flower Season

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall, Intermittent


Leaf Color



Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half



Very Low, Low, Medium


Growth Rate

Fast, Moderate


Soil Type



Soil Condition



Soil pH



Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Japanese, Mediterranean, Spanish, Tropical


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers, Silhouette, Unusual Shape


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Background, Perennial Border, Foundation, Raised Planter, Swimming Pool, Walls / Fences, Walkways, With Rocks


Special Uses

Container, Cut Flowers, Mass Planting, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by:
Photographer: Dave Ryden
  • Description

  • Notes

This clumping evergreen iris bears tall, narrow leaves to 30" tall and white flowers marked purple in the center on stalks up to 3' tall. This variety has stiffer, darker foiliage than the bicolor form. It requires sun to part shade with little or no summer watering when established.
Planting Instructions: 1. Dig a hole 2 times the width and 1 and 1/2 times the height of the container. 2. Set rootball at ground level. 3. Prepare soil mix of equal parts soil and soil amendment. 4. Backfill with amended soil. 5. Build Basin and water.