African Iris

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Fast-Growing, Prolific Iris

  • Summer flowers
  • Works well in containers
  • Profuse/repeat bloomer

African Iris, Dietes iridioides, is an evergreen perennial with fantastic flowers. Plant a few in your rock garden or perhaps in a wooded area where African Iris plants will lend color and definition. These would also do terrific in some poolside containers, or mixed sporadically into a border.

Iris always has the look of the exotic about them, but unlike many fancy perennials that require pampering, Iris tends to be hardy, easy-to-care-for plants...and African Iris is no exception. Your African iris is a magnificent Iris variety, with 3-inch blooms shooting up amid the lance leaf-like foliage from spring through fall.

The gorgeous blossoms are pristine white, accented with shades of yellow and lavender. Each spectacular bloom lasts one day, but with the repeating nature of this Iris variety, you won't miss out on enjoying its marvelous display. The dark green leaves of your African Iris are evergreen, so will provide some vertical definition to your landscape even when it's not in bloom.

Africa Iris plants will grow 2 to 3 feet tall with a 3 to 4-foot spread. It has a clumping habit and vigorous nature. African Iris is a very hardy perennial that requires no special care and adapts easily to a variety of conditions.

Iris tend to be hardy, fast-growing perennials that not only produce fantastic, exotic-looking blooms, but maintain an evergreen nature. They're perfect for almost any location. It's the type of perennial you can plant and forget...but you're sure to not forget this impressive Iris when it's in your yard this year!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Water-wise and Fire-wise

Dietes iridioides is a variety native throughout Africa. Also known as Dietes vegeta, or African Iris, it is most often found in clearings around lowland brush or on the outside of the forest.

As with the Dieties bicolor, the Dietes iridioides was also involved with a botanical debate over the name Dietes or Moraea. Then, in 1866, Friedrich Wilhelm Klatt finally classified the Moraea as Dieties. The difference in the two species was the plants of the Moraea genre grew from a corm, where the Dieties all grow from rhizomes. The name change occurred, but still today the Dietes Iridioides can be found as Moraea iridioides. Either way, it's a beautiful plant.

Though a native to Africa, the Dietes iridioides is also common in Australia, where it has naturalized in many areas. A member of the Iris family, it requires little water once established. It is recommended for all drought tolerant or xeriscape plantings and does well as a container plant.

It is considered a LOW water user by the California Department of Water Resources, Water Use Classification of Landscape Species (WUCOLS) list, requiring little water after being established.

Dieties iridioides is on all lists as a fire-resistant plant and should be considered for your defensible space planting in all firesafe landscapes.


African Iris Is Suited to Grow in Zones 8-11
Growing Zones 8-11
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Dietes iridioides
Mature Height 2 - 3 Feet
Mature Spread 3 - 4 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Green
Foliage Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes