Common name: Wild Iris, Fairy Iris, Butterfly Iris
Botanical name: Dietes grandiflora Family: Iridaceae (Iris family)
Wild Iris is a beautiful bulbous plant native to South Africa, and grown
in cooler parts of India. It is an evergreen herb, forming large clumps of
sword-shaped leaves up to 3 ft in length, and bearing a succession of
beautiful, large, white, Iris-like flowers, each 4 inches or so across.
The flowers are very decoratively ornamented with yellow, brown and blue.
They are white with yellow nectar guides and outer tepals and violet
central segments. The flowers are held on erect, slender stems which are
about 1m in length. The long, rigid, sword-shaped leaves are held in a
|Photographed in Gangtok, Sikkim.|