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Fortnight Lily

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Butterfly flowers!

Fortnight Lilies (Dietes bicolor) have dainty flowers that look almost like butterflies hovering over the strappy leaves. But don’t let that daintiness fool you. These are one of the toughest and easiest plants to grow in your zone 8-10 garden.

They look exotic and almost tropical, but they can withstand inland heat and even an occasional hard frost. This is a great all-purpose plant to use in your sunny beds and borders. It is green year round and covered with flowers all summer.

The flowers are a pale shade of buttercream yellow and are highlighted by dark maroon blotches. They are pretty during the day, but positively glow in the evening when many other garden flowers are fading in the darkness.

Fortnight Lilies are drought resistant and are used throughout the Southwest in dry gardens, but they also love being by streams and ponds, too. They take the desert heat and the coastal cool with equal stride.

Don’t have a lot of space? That’s ok, too, because these tough beauties will thrive in a big pot on the patio or balcony as easily as in the garden.

If you live in an area that requires fire-preventive landscaping, then you’ll definitely want to add Fortnight Lily to your garden. It is in the short-list of fire resistant landscape plants.

This great plant will reward you with season after season of easy-care color and style. Order yours today!

* Profusion of soft yellow and maroon flowers
* Drought tolerant
* Perfect in containers
* Dry or wet gardens
* Fire resistant
* Evergreen perennial


Fortnight Lily Is Suited to Grow in Zones 8-10
Growing Zones 8-10
More Information
Brand Nature Hills Nursery
Botanical Name Dietes bicolor
Foliage Perennial (evergreen)
Mature Height 2 - 3 feet
Mature Spread 2 - 3 feet
Soil Type Well drained
Moisture Water to establish, then very drought tolerant
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Yellow
Foliage Color Green