The starfish iris is a unique and mesmerizing plant that originates from South Africa and can be grown either indoors or outside in USDA zones 9 to 11. The plant grows from corms that multiply over time with breathtaking results. Starfish irises are dormant during the summer and then produces remarkable, colorful blooms starting in late winter and lasting through the end of spring. Starfish irises will thrive when provided with ample sunlight and a well-draining soil, but any exposure to frost will kill them. Starfish irises can be grown in containers with a loamy soil mixture. Regular pruning and propagation is an important part of upkeep, but the end result is certainly worth it as the vibrant colors and exotic appearance of the plant’s blooms will mesmerize all who see it.
- Despite the misleading name, starfish iris plants are not actually members of the iris genus, even though they are quite similar
- Starfish irises are low maintenance overall but they do require ample sunlight and will not tolerate frost conditions
- Starfish iris flowers have crinkled edges and cream-colored petals that feature flecks of purple
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