PlantFiles is getting a new look! Just in time for spring, we're rolling out a new look for the best online plants database. It will also work with your smart phones and mobile devices, so now you can take it with you on garden center visits or botanical garden tours. Questions or comments? Please post them here.

Wild Iris, Fortnight Lily, Cape Iris, Dwarf White Dietes
Dietes iridioides 'Tiny Dancer'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Dietes (dy-AY-teez) (Info)
Species: iridioides (ir-id-ee-OY-deez) (Info)
Cultivar: Tiny Dancer

Category:

Alpines and Rock Gardens

Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

Perennials

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:

Unknown - Tell us

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage:

Evergreen

Smooth-Textured

Leathery-Textured

Other details:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

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

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

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

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Regional

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

Bergen,

Gainesville, Florida

Lecanto, Florida

Richmond, Texas

Spring, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:

2
positives
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Neutral

On Oct 15, 2011, Kaelkitty from Adelaide
Australia (Zone 10a) wrote:

A note regarding propagation by seed:

Although this plant sets seed readily (at least in my semi-arid Zone 10A conditions) it IS a cultivar, and as such it should be noted that seedlings may not completely resemble the parent plants and should NOT be distributed under the cultivar name.

Having said that, I am growing some from my own seed, and so far they do seem much smaller than the species D. iridiodes. The seedlings I have are as yet too young to flower and I am waiting to see if they will flower at the same low height as the parent plant.

Positive

On Apr 15, 2009, wormfood from Lecanto, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

Takes the same care as my Dietes grandiflora but not as showy and flower doesn't last as long.

Positive

On Mar 28, 2009, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

A dwarf variety, reaching 1' x 1' at maturity.