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Products > Dietes grandiflora 'Sunstripe'
Dietes grandiflora 'Sunstripe' - Yellow Striped Fortnight Lily

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Iridaceae (Irises)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Yellow/Chartreuse Foliage: Yes
Variegated Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Synonyms: [D. vegeta 'Yellow Variegated', 'Centeno’s Gold']
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 3-4 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20° F
Dietes grandiflora 'Sunstripe' (Yellow Striped Fortnight Lily) - This evergreen rhizomatous perennial produces clumps of long, upright narrow leaves that reach 4 feet tall. This variegated form has leaves that are a medium green with bright yellow stripes throughout the leaves (not just on the margin as with the white variegated clone) . Other growth habits are the same as the species. This evergreen perennial produces clumps of long, upright narrow leaves that reach 4 feet tall. The flowers rise above the foliage and have outer white petals with a golden area near the base and the inner petals are white flecked with brown at the base. The inner most petal-like structures, called style branches are violet colored. Flowers year round in coastal southern California gardens with individual flower lasting only a few days and are quickly followed by new flowers. Flushes of flowers appear on roughly a two week cycle which has given this plant its common name of fortnight lily. The fortnight lily is very drought tolerant in shade but can also be grown in full sun with regular to occasional irrigation. Seems to bloom best with regular watering. A good container plant or used in mass plantings or as a solitary accent clump. Hardy to 15 degrees F. This is really a stunning plant - looking more like a big Dianella or a narrow leafed New Zealand Flax (Phormium) than a Dietes. We were able to purchase our stock plants from Diana Mead of West Covina Wholesale Nursery in January 2008. We have since learned that this may be the same as a plant discovered by Jose Centeno of Centeno's nursery in Torrance, who found a yellow variegated Dietes growing in his own garden in 2000 and was calling the plant 'Centeno's Gold'. For more information on the species, see our listing for Dietes grandiflora The information on this page is based on our research that has been conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in the nursery, in the nursery's garden, and in other gardens where it has been observed. We also incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that might aid others in growing  Dietes grandiflora 'Sunstripe'.