African Iris
Moraea polystachya

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Moraea (mor-ah-EE-uh) (Info)
Species: polystachya (pol-ee-STAK-ee-uh) (Info)
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Category:

Bulbs

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Danger:

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Blue-Violet

Violet/Lavender

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Foliage:

Deciduous

Herbaceous

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Phoenix, Arizona

La Jolla, California

Jacksonville, Florida

Pensacola, Florida

Summerville, South Carolina

Missouri City, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

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RatingContent
Neutral

On Mar 14, 2010, donnacreation from Sumter, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:

I planted 4 specimens in partial shade last June and they grew like crazy. They were unfazed by freezes until mid Jan, when temps dipped into the mid teens 2 nights in a row. They are now bleached out, but still green at the base. One specimen that was accidentally mulched with a neighboring plant is still beautiful and green. It was lightly mulched with pine straw and the crown is healthy and dry. If it blooms this summer, I will upgrade my rating to positive.
Update Mar 2011, no blooms last summer, but I plan to feed them heavily this spring. Will post pics if they bloom this summer.

Negative

On Jun 24, 2009, lyleman from Summerville, SC wrote:

i love this plant-but it is subject to crown rot if over mulched