African Iris

I finally did a little research on these little white flowers that are EVERYWHERE in The Villages — even my backyard.  They originated in South Africa and are a favorite of Florida gardeners because they can withstand the heat, unlike some other irises.  The bad news is the blooms only last a couple of days.  The good news is the plants send up a new batch of blooms approximately every two weeks. That’s why they are also called Fortnight Lilies.  (No, I don’t know why they aren’t called Fortnight Irises!)  And, we get to enjoy them all year long except in winter.




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