Little African iris
Adding a pennyworth from the Southern Hemisphere, the little African
iris sounds like Dietes iridioides. There is a photo in Clive Innes book,
The World of Iridaceae.
The local populace tend to use the term Moraea for both cormous and
rhizomatous plants but within the New Zealand Iris Society we distinguish
the two genera by using Moraea for cormous plants and Dietes for those
Both are popular and easy to grow in New Zealand gardens as are many
other South African plants.
Paul Richardson, Upper Hutt, a dormitary suburb of Wellington.