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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

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Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

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9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

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Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

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Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
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Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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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

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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

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


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

Gainesville, Florida
Lecanto, Florida
Richmond, Texas
Spring, Texas

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