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Gardening with Indigenous Plants
Indigenous Plant Use
Identification & Control of Common Weeds
Botanical Name:Diplarrena moraea
Common Name:butterfly flag , butterfly iris , white flag iris , white iris
Status:DISABLED: Unavailable for now & possibly forever
Sold As:Tube ($2.00)
Lily, Ground Cover (up to 30 cm), Low Growing Shrub (30 cm to 1 m), Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moist, Well Drained
0.5-1 m x 0.3-0.6 m
Foliage:Dark to grey-green strap-like leaves 10-70 cm x 5-10 mm. 2-4 green bracts on flowering stem with a pair of bracts below the flowers.
Flowers:White, inner petals white & yellow often with purple markings, October-January. Cluster of 3-6 large scented flowers on a stout flowering stem to 1 m high, held above the foliage. Outer 3 petals white, inner 3 petals multi-coloured, smaller. Capsule triangular.
Masses of flowers provide a great effect in rockeries and garden beds. A large tussock for background planting in cottage gardens. Containers. Near water features. Frog habitat. Frost tolerant.

  1. Yarra Ranges Council (Victora, close to us)
  2. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (VICFLORA, technical, good photos)
  3. Wikipedia (free online encyclopedia)
  4. Australian National Botanic Garden
  5. Royal Botanic Gardens (Kew UK, technical)

Fruits are oblong three-celled capsules which split open when ripe, releasing large numbers of round flat seeds. These dark brown seeds germinate readily and this is the best method of producing large numbers of plants. Another method is to divide an existing clump into two or more pieces. This is a good method of propagation when only a few new plants are required, as instant mature plants are obtained.

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