Available in 1 Gallon and 3 Gallon 'Yellow' and 'White' Varieties
Fortnight lily (often called African iris in Florida), was formerly classified in the genus Moraea, and is still called morea iris by some gardeners. These are evergreen perennials with spreading fans of stiff, leathery sword shaped leaves up to 2 ft (0.6 m) in length but only 0.75 in (1.9 cm) wide. The upright clumps of leaves are held in a vertical fanlike plane and they spread on creeping rhizomes which sometimes ascend a few inches. The 2-4 ft (0.6-1.2 m) flowering stalks, which are perennial, are branched and stiffly wiry, bearing a succession of short-lived irislike flowers throughout spring and summer. The flowers, rather flattened and nearly 3 in (7.6 cm) across, are milky white with yellow markings on the three larger tepals. (The three petals and three similar sepals of iris flowers are collectively called tepals.) Fortnight lily fruits are 1-2 in (2.5-5.1 cm) football shaped, three-sided capsules.
Cv. 'Johnsonia' is taller than the species and has larger flowers and leaves that are decidedly erect. A series of hybrids, the Oakhurst Hybrids, are more spreading and have fancier flowers, often with purple centers and yellow splotches on the tepals. 'Lemon Drops' and 'Orange Drops' are Oakhurst Hybrids with yellow and orange tepal markings respectively.
Culture The flowering stems of fortnight lily are perennial, so don't cut them back after flowering as you might for most other iris like plants. Although tolerant of poor soils, fortnight lilies are not tolerant of salty conditions. Light Grow fortnight lilies in light, dappled shade to nearly full sun. Moisture Once established, fortnight lilies tolerate poor, dry soils, but do best in a well drained soil with regular watering during the growing season. Reduce water and fertilizer after flowering. Hardiness USDA Zones 8 - 10. Fortnight lilies may be killed by severe winters in upper zone 8. Keep dry in winter and protect with mulch. Propagation Propagate fortnight lilies by dividing the rhizomatous clumps after the plants have flowered. The new divisions may take several weeks to get established, so be patient and pamper them for a while. They also can be grown from seed, and under ideal growing conditions, may even seed themselves
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