seb's plants - welcome

white butterfly iris | diplarrena moraea

 Back to Forum

Posted by EDITOR 7 Dec 2010 - 3:05:00 PM

The South African one day iris is one of those plants that’s become so familiar it’s commonly known by its botanical name Dietes. Like camellia, clivia, and even the tongue-twisting chrysanthemum. So familiar with its prolific seeds popping up everywhere, and finding a place in so many McDonald’s car parks and municipal plantings.

Less well-known is the white butterfly iris – Diplarrena moraea. Not as big or robust as dietes but it is a pretty and refined local – from Tasmania, Victoria and just into NSW – that can do much the same things.

It can be massed in drifts, planted in lines as an informal hedge to divide areas, or used singly with its short rhizomes thickening into a clump of strappy foliage standing upright as an accent among other plants in a border. And it also has the delicate white iris flowers fluttering airily atop wiry stems, each short-lived but with others coming in successive waves.

Comments (0)

Tell our Plant Selector what you want & like and we'll search thousands of plant profiles for compatible matches

Plant of the Day


Plant type: evergreen soft-wooded perennial or succulent
H: 0.15m W: 4m
Sunlight: hot overhead sun

Find out more
dry style

Fast Facts

dry style
With so little water to compete for, plants are well-spaced – or arranged in sculptural groups rather than clumps – emphasising the features of each individual specimen.


Palmetto Soft Leaf Buffalo is ideally suited as a lawn in many applications.

More products

Get the Plant Selector's full features plus news, forums & competitions. Sign up, it's free.
Click here for more