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Walking Iris - Neomarica gracilis

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The Walking Iris, also known as the twelve apostles, is a native of regions from Southern Mexico to Brazil. It has intricately designed orchard-like flowers with three white outer petals and mottled burgundy and blue-violet banding on the pale yellow central petals. The glossy green, arching leaves, like an iris, are sometimes more than 24 inches long. On Tamborine Mountain it flowers in spring, preferring partial to full shade. Flowers last only for one day, but multiple blooms will come from the same stem in rapid succession. When you have a clump of plants, they will all tend to flower together giving a lovely, but unfortunately short, display.

The picture below shows some small leaves emerging from the base of the flowers. When the flowers die back, these leaves develop to form a small new plant that grows air roots and the flower stalk obligingly bends down towards the ground so that the new plant can quickly take root and propagate.

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