Dietes bicolor - Yellow African iris
The genus Dietes
has an odd distribution with five species in Africa
and one on remote Lord Howe Island near Australia. This
species is a iris-like herbaceous plant native to southern Africa.
The evergreen foliage is about eighteen to twenty-four inches tall. In late
summer, it produces yellow, iris-like flowers with a dark brown center. It has
withstood temperatures in the high teens F.
See this plant on the northwest corner of Building 1 and in the Outtakes Plaza.
Herbaceous plant with leaves to about twenty-four inches tall.
Light: full sun
Water: drought tolerant when established
Soil: adaptable, no special requirements
In north Florida,
this is a rugged landscape plant that thrives in sunny, dry sites.