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Cypella herbertii

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cypella (sih-PEL-uh) (Info)
Species: herbertii (her-BERT-ee-eye) (Info)

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
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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

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive dmj1218 On Apr 1, 2007, dmj1218 from west Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

This member of the iris family is native to Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay and is probably the most popular of the Cypella species having mustard-yellow blooms on sturdy, but airy 2 stems with wine-brown inner markings. Cypella herbertii prefers full sun and well-drained soil and dry conditions during winter dormancy. It reseeds nicely and often blooms the first year in our gardens from seed. Recommended for growing in zones 8-9. It has easily survived numerous frosts to 28F here.

Neutral Baa On Oct 8, 2001, Baa wrote:

A bulbous perennial from Argentina.

Has sword like, mid green, slightly pleated leaves grown in a fan shape. Bears 3 large tepals coloured pale orange with a small black mark at the base with 3 small inner tepals spotted purple.

Flowers from late May-September

Likes a well drained, humus rich, preferably sandy soil in a sunny spot where it will flower happily and often first year from seed.

It isn't frost hardy and can be lifted or placed in a frost free green house for the winter.


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

Richmond, California
Houston, Texas

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