Information & resources about plants & gardens for Brisbane & Qld



and Iris-like plants

Iris aren't generally considered ideal for Queensland, but gardeners wishing to try their hand would probably have most succes with the Louisiana Irises, if suitable moisture can be provided (see links below for more cultural information).

Alternatively, try one of the Iris-like relatives.

Where to buy Iris and similar plants in Qld

Common landscaping plants like Dietes are readily available from garden centres, but true Iris may be harder to find. Bagged rhizomes in the bulb section have potential quality issues and may be unsuited to the local climate. Keep an eye open at plant expos and garden club sales for locally-suited varieties. Ordering rhizomes from a good online nursery is your best bet for convenience, selection and quality.

Other Information Online

Remember that some species or cultivars referred to in links may be unavailable in Australia or unsuitable for Queensland conditions


Dividing Iris Purdue University

Louisiana Iris

Louisiana Iris Hybrids University of Arkansas
Louisiana Iris The Florez Nursery blog, NSW
Louisiana Iris in the Home Landscape Mississippi State University
Louisiana Iris Texs A&M University
Iris fulva Louisiana Hybrids University of Florida (PDF)
Iris fulva: Copper Iris USDA Forest Service
Iris hexagona: Dixie Iris USDA Forest Service
Iris brevicaulis: Zigzag Iris USDA Forest Service

Other Iris

Iris pseudacorus, Yellow Flag Iris The Florez Nursery blog, NSW

Dietes and Moraea

Dietes Dietes bicolor, Dietes iridioides. Online Manual of Subtropical Landscaping Plants, Palm Beach Community College, Florida
Spanish Iris (Dietes bicolor) "Grow Me Instead", Australia
Butterfly, or African Iris (Dietes) Texas A&M University. Also addresses distinction between Dietes and Moraea
Fortnight Lily - Dietes Aricle in Cochise County Master Gardener newsletter, Arizona (PDF)
Wild irises for the garden Dietes species. Reproduced from Veld & Flora, Botanical Society of South Africa, at the PlantZAfrica website
Biological control of Cape tulips (Moraea flaccida and M. miniata, formerly Homeria flaccida and H. miniata) CSIRO
Moraea bicolor Arid Plant List, University of Arizona
Moraeas of the W Cape Reproduced from Veld & Flora, Botanical Society of South Africa, at the PlantZAfrica website
Dietes bicolor  Dietes bicolor
Dietes bicolor  Dietes bicolor
Dietes bicolor

Accumulation of dead leaves and flowers spoils the look of Dietes and similar clumping plants


Walking Iris - ID Walter Reeves. Georgia
Walking Iris (Neomarica gracilis) Garden Adventures blog, Florida
Neomarica caerulea in: 2004 Fairchild Plants of the Year, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Florida (PDF)
Propagating Yellow Walking Iris Central Florida Gardening (Blog)
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