Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Walking iris

I normally don't pay a lot of attention to indoor plants, but a dancing iris (or walking iris, Neomarica gracilis) given to me by a friend has bloomed away this winter and spring.

It's a lovely member of the Iris family native to Brazil, and hardy only to about zone 8 outside, but is a very adaptable houseplant.

Each flower lasts less than a day, but has intricate markings, and is delicately borne at the end of stems. It's easy to propagate from the young offshoots that appear at the end of stems after flowering, so there are always plants to share.

10 comments:

  1. That is a very good snapshot of the blossom. They don't last long. I used to have one and it was delightful when it bloomed.

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  2. I haven't heard of an iris as an indoor plant. The flowers on this are gorgeous.

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  3. They have such a beautiful flower!! Great pictures!! My walking iris just bloomed last week for the first time!! Very exciting!!

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  4. That is an amazing flower ! so beautiful combining white and that vivid blue !
    Joy

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  5. The flowers are just amazing, and I think because they're so short-lived, they seem particularly special. They're hard to photograph because they 'dance' with the least movement by the photographer!

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  6. Walking Iris' are one of my favorite plants.

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  7. Walking Iris' are one of my favorite plants.

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  8. Thank you for your blog. I have always wondered what this plant was that I had and now I finally know and will actually know who to care for it.

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  9. Thank you for your blog. I have always wondered what this plant I had was. Now I know and can actually care for it properly.

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