Diplarrena moraea

Butterfly Flag

Densely tufted perennial herb spreading through short underground stems.

Additional information

  • FamilyIridaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size0.1-0.7 m x 0.5-1 m
  • Plant groupingLilies & Irises
  • LeavesDark 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.
  • Flower colourWhite, inner petals white & yellow often with purple markings
  • Flowering timeOctober to December
  • FlowersCluster 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.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatYes
  • Growing conditionsMoist well drained soil in lowland heathlands and open forest. Frost tolerant. Full sun, semi shade.
  • Garden useMasses of flowers provide a great effect in rockeries and garden beds. A large tussock for background planting in cottage gardens. Containers. Near water features.
  • Commercially availableGenerally
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites. More common to the south of the Shire and in East Gippsland.
  • Related speciesOften confused commercially with the South African iris Moraea iridioides.
Photographer/s: 1, 3 Marilyn Bull ©; 2 Peter Kinchington ©

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