Moraea polystachya

Common Name:
African blue iris
Plant Type:
Cormous perennial
Iridaceae (The Iris Family)
Geographic Origin:
South and Southern Africa
California Native?:
Plant Size:
1-2 feet high
Landscape/Garden Uses:
flower gardens
Flowering Season:
Flower Color:
Lavender blue
Sun or light shade
Well-drained soil
Suggested Irrigation:
Moderate watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 20-25 degrees F.
In this species, erect, nearly cylindrical 1-2 foot leaves appear from the corms in late summer, followed by taller branched flower stems. These display many up to 2 inch broad blossoms, bright lavender marked with gold, throughout the fall and early winter. Sun, reasonably well drained soil, moderate watering during growth and bloom. Hardy to 20-25 degrees F.