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Butterfly Iris

Genus: Dietes.

Species: Dietes vegeta.

Purchased from Sutherland's November 2008. Will plant in SW flowerbed in front. This clumping, robust perennial has stiff leaves radiating up and out in a fan-shaped pattern. The flower spikes are topped with 3-inch white flowers marked with yellow and blue. Although short-lived (about 2 days), the flowers are produced sporadically throughout the year, especially in spring and early summer. Plants grow to 4 to 5 ft tall in standing water, making it ideal for water gardens and wet soil. They reach about 2 to 3 feet in soil.

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