DIETES IRIDOIDES – A LILY AND A HERB! BLOOMS ANYWHERE, IS OK IN POLLUTED AREAS AND POOR SOILS. $1.30 $0.75

NEW! DIETES IRIDOIDES IS ALSO CALLED THE FORTNIGHT LILY!! STRAP LIKE FOLIAGE WITH DOZENS OF IRIS FLOWERS BLOOMING OVER A VERY LONG SEASON! IT IS ACTUALLY ALSO A HERB THAT IS USED TO CURE DYSENTERY, PAINFUL PERIODS AND HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE. IT’S ALSO SAID WHEN IT BLOOMS RAIN IS COMING! ATTRACTS BENEFICIAL INSECTS!
This plant gets the name ‘Fortnight Lily’ because mass plantings flower then rest for two weeks before they flower again. They do this over a period of six months in their natural habitat. The other common names – Moraea Lily from a previous genus placement, African Lily from its origin but why Australians call it Vegeta of the Forest is unknown!
Dietes is derived from the Greek dis, meaning twice, and etes, meaning an associate, thus two relatives, drawing attention to the position of this genus between Moraea and Iris. The plant can self-pollinate when the flower closes, bringing the male flower and female flower parts together. Bees and other insects also pollinate the flowers.
Infusions made from the inner part of the rhizome are taken orally in enemas to treat dysentery. Rhizomes are used during childbirth and also for hypertension (Pujol 1990). Ground rhizomes are ingredients in tonics for goats (Hulme 1954). Roots are used for first menstruation.
Some people call this the rain iris as they believe that flowering of this plant presages rain.
Some African cultures believe that, if you have been to a funeral or entered a house with a corpse, you must chew the rhizome and spit on the ground to take the bad luck away. And if you do not chew the rhizome, an immediate member of your family is going to die.
Dietes iridioides is a rhizomatous, evergreen herb, up to 600 mm high, with sword-shaped, dark green leaves in a loose fan. This prolific flowerer carries its flowers on a wiry, arching stem. The flowers are dainty and each bloom lasts a single morning. New flowers open continually during the flowering spell.
Its flowers are subtended by white sheathing bracts; the inner petals are often marked with brown streaks near the base; the style branches are lightly flushed with violet, 30-40 mm wide. The flowers are closed by midday except on overcast days. Flowers are produced from spring through to summer. Fruit is a capsule, oval shaped and it disintegrates to release black seeds.

Grow Notes
These tough, drought-resistant plants will thrive in semi-shade as well as full sun, often where little else will grow. Dietes Iridioides will tolerate both wind and frost.

Sow
Pour boiling water over them and leave to soak overnight.

Raise seedlings in Spring or Autumn by sowing on the seed raising mix and covering very lightly. Do not bury deeply as seed requires a degree of light to germinate.

Keep soil moist but never wet.

Place in a warm shaded or semi shaded position to avoid dying out.

Germination
18- 25 days at 15-20°C

Maturity
Perennial.

In stock

Seed Count: 12
BUY THIS ITEM! Quantity

Original price was: $1.30.Current price is: $0.75.Add to cart