Peacock Flower Iris

kensabodeNovember 30, 2010

I have several wooden boxes in a prominent location where I'm thinking of planting Peacock Flower Iris. The container capacity is about 6.5 cu.ft. with inside measurements of 21"x30"x18"deep, each box. Six boxes in a row. One plant per box for a sort of "screen hedge."

Good sun. Good air. Some wind. Automatic drip irrigation. About to plant now (early December) but some online info says plant in early Spring.

Is this a no-brainer success or failure? Please advise with any suggestions. Thx.

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calistoga_al

Am I the only one who does not know which Iris has the Peacock Flower? Al

    Bookmark   December 2, 2010 at 8:21AM
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kensabode

Oh sorry. It's just the label from the nursery that I jotted down. Google search reveals it to be Dietes bicolor (Dietes bicolor (Steud.) Sweet ex Klatt, Family: Iridaceae, Common names: Yellow Wild Iris or Peacock Flower (English), Uintjie or Poublom (Afrikaans)).

I'm not familiar with any of the iris for container planting.

    Bookmark   December 2, 2010 at 12:35PM
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calistoga_al

The Dietes would make an excellent plant for your boxes. It does gradually grow a bigger clump and in about 10 years would fit your box pretty well. I would start with about 3 per box and you can always thin them later when needed. The common name for Dietes is usually "fortnight lily" as it tends to bloom in two week cycles. Here without winter protection it will occasionally be frosted back and look bad for a while, in San Francisco that should not be a problem. Al

    Bookmark   December 2, 2010 at 6:03PM
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