SOLVED: I thought this was

Houston, TX(Zone 9a)

I thought this was a blackberry lily when I planted it. Any ideas what it is?

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Murfreesboro, TN(Zone 7a)

Well, I have limited experience with these plants, and I've never seen one that looks like that (photos or real life), but perhaps it's a Vesper Iris (Pardanthopsis dichotoma), which is crossed with Belamcanda (Blackberry Lily) to create the Candy Lily (Pardancanda)?

High Desert, CA(Zone 8a)

dietes grandiflora...

Houston, TX(Zone 9a)

The picture in the hyperlink is exactly it! Thanks!

Dietes grandiflora, it is!

Helsinki, Finland(Zone 4b)

Is taht Dietes? Looks like Neomarica to me. The Photo looks like it as well. Dietes and Neomarica.. are they synonymes?

Houston, TX(Zone 9a)

mmmmmm!! when I did a google and dogpile search for dietes grandiflora I came up with different pictures than MaVieRose's hyperlink. When I did the same for Neomarica gracilis, I came up up pictures that looked like Evert's hyperlinks. Also learned that a common name for Neomarica gracilis is walking iris.

If the author of the pic at MaVieRose's link has the name correct then surely that must be what it is. They look very much alike.
Regarding nomenclature, there are certainly some synonyms involved here.

I do know that 'Neomarica' was once called 'Marica'


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Murfreesboro, TN(Zone 7a)

Well, I totally missed the boat with my guess, but a websearch tells me that indeed Neomarica is a synonym of Dietes, as is Moraea. In fact, the websearches for the synonyms led me back to our own Plants Database more than once :)

It might be worth sending an email to the guy at the Uni of Conneticut to ask about the picture, perhaps it is a mistake.

High Desert, CA(Zone 8a)

this is the source of dietes grandeflora. Univ. of Connecticut.

i did a search on Univ. of Connecticut on Neomarica, apparently this plant origin from Central America. Dietes grandiflora originates for Africa.

i do not know where the foul up is. Evert u got me confuse now! maybe u should explain the difference between the two. i have ran out of resources.

Peter thanks. i was out all morning searching for "new" plants :D!

Alhanks... this is what i found on Neomarica gracilis... ,
be sure to scroll down.... the question is... which one is the right one???

Houston, TX(Zone 9a)

Here's a couple links that point toward my plant being Neomarcia Gracilis

This is from the Mercer Arboretum site.

Here's another:

And yet one more:

I think it's going to get labeled Neomarcia Gracilis!

Thanks for your help!

My friends - don't get hung up on the naming of this plant. I would guess the taxonomists are sitting about in their research institutes laughing their socks off at the confusion they cause us mere gardeners. What I'm sure we do know is that it would make a nice addition to anyones garden or glasshouse.


Palmyra, VA(Zone 7a)

We called our walking iris, and I think we'll keep calling it that until the name can be settle.

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