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

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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 3 feet tall. Unlike the species, this selection has gray-green leaves that have with creamy-white marginal stripes. 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 selection is slightly smaller than other Dietes grandiflora varieties that we grow but most other aspects are similar - for more general information on it see Dietes grandiflora. It originated as a selection we made from our stock plants of the more common cream striped greener leafed selection that we list as Dietes grandiflora 'Variegata' from which it differs in being a slightly shorter plant with even grayer foliage and a whiter variegation. We also grow Dietes grandiflora 'Sunstripe' that has green leaves striped with yellow.  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 'Gray Ghost'.