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Products > Dietes grandiflora 'Gray Ghost'
 
Dietes grandiflora 'Gray Ghost' - Gray Striped Fortnight Lily)
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Iridaceae (Irises)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Height: 3-4 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Dietes grandiflora 'Gray Ghost' (Gray Striped Fortnight Lily) - This evergreen rhizomatous perennial produces clumps of long, upright narrow leaves that reach 4 feet tall. Unlike the species, this selection has gray-green leaves that have with creamy-yellow marginal stripes. Other growth habits are the same as the species for more general information on it see Dietes grandiflora. 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 plant was a selection we made from our stock plants of the more common white striped green leafed selection that we list as Dietes grandiflora 'Variegata'. We also grow a yellow striped cultivar that we list as Dietes grandiflora 'Sunstripe' This description is based on our research and observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We will also incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information about this plant, in particular if this information is contrary to what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Dietes grandiflora 'Gray Ghost'.