Walking Iris

Neomarica candida

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Neomarica (nee-oh-mar-EE-kuh) (Info)
Species: candida (KAN-did-uh) (Info)
Synonym:Marica candida
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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

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

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade



Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow



White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall




Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

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

By stooling or mound layering

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


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

Lompoc, California

Apopka, Florida

Bartow, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Ocala, Florida (2 reports)

Tampa, Florida

Mcdonough, Georgia

Hawi, Hawaii

Mililani, Hawaii

Gray, Louisiana

Summerville, South Carolina

Corpus Christi, Texas

Dallas, Texas

Hockley, Texas

Houston, Texas

Rosenberg, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 8, 2004, Mouldyfingers from Doncaster,
United Kingdom wrote:

Did you know, that as the plant ages, (Candida) if left alone, you start to get , 2 flowers or 3 flowers opening on the same brackish, at the same time. I have one 10yr old plant , that had 4 flowers all open at the same time, all on 1 stem, ( i missed that photo,, doh). Spray feed,, tomato feed ,, for better flowers. Does not like mains tap water.. any help i can give?,,,or do you know more about this plant, tell me. ok


On Nov 10, 2003, City_Sylvia from Dallas, TX wrote:

I had a very good expierence with this wonderful plant. I bought it at a garden show, having never seen it before. The plant grew huge outside. The strappy leaves were long and awsome and it grew these shoots of Orchid-looking flowers. When the flowers died, it left so many shoots with what appeared to be roots. I started cutting them off and rooting them. I had so many plants I started giving them as gifts.


On Nov 9, 2003, dogbane from New Orleans, LA (Zone 9a) wrote:

An excellent plant for shady gardens. Mine have overwintered in the ground when temperatures dippied just below freezing and suffered little more than tip burns. They don't mind a bit of neglect either, and withstand drought for at least a couple of weeks (in full shade) with no obvious ill effects. They do become yellowed in the hot sun.


On Aug 20, 2003, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

I got this plant originally confined in a vase. It started blooming, and some time later, new plants were formed on the tip of the inflorescence. That was the beggining. Now, every year I have so many new plants that I don't know what to do with them! And if I miss an inflorescence, I'm at risk of having it invading other vases. Nothing that can't be controlled, though.

It has bright green, shiny, soft leaves. A leaf-like inflorescence comes from the base in early spring (although it's still winter, and I've seen some flowering walking irises). The flowers come one by one, and last one day. There's glandulous hairs on the sepals that produce nectar, and the color (white sepals, and a scramble of blue, white, yellow and brow spots and stripes in the middle) atracts bees. The ... read more