Neomarica gracilis - Walking iris
About a dozen species of Neomarica
are native to Africa and tropical America. The
foliage is similar to that of an iris and flowers may be white, yellow or blue.
Walking iris has evergreen foliage. After flowering, the flower spikes lean to
the ground and develop plantlets at the end, allowing the plant to quickly
colonize a small area.
See this plant on the west side of building 9.
Herbaceous plant with leaves about one foot tall. Flower spikes stand above the foliage.
Light: part shade to full shade
Water: average moisture, somewhat drought tolerant
Soil: average garden soil
This plant must be at or near its northern range in northeast Florida. It seems to thrive in the southern part of Jacksonville but died in the northern part of the city during a winter with a low of 18 F.