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  Neomarica gracilis
  Family Name : Iridaceae

  Common Names : Apostle Plant, Apostle's Iris, Walking Iris

Apostle Plant,Apostle's Iris,Walking Iris
  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Monocotyledon)
      Lifespan (in Singapore) :
      Maximum Height :
      0.6 m to 0.9 m
      Maximum Plant Spread / Crown Width :
      0.6 m to 0.9 m
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      Mexico to Brazil
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: Perennial herb forms large clumps up to 0.9 m tall.
      Foliage: Linear, erect leaves are 0.5 to 0.9 m long and emerge from the soil in a clump. They are soft and flexible, gracefully bending backwards near the tip.
      Stems: This plant often lacks a stem.
      Flowers: Iris-like flowers are white and blue with flower parts in threes. The petal-like, heart- to egg-shaped sepals are white with brown bands near the base. The smaller petals are bright blue with white streaks and the tip is curled backwards. Flowers only last for about a day, but new blooms are continually produced over a long period of time.
      Cultivation :
      This species looks attractive when grown in mass plantings. It grows best in moist, but well-drained soils and is sensitive to drought stress. 
      Etymology :
      This species, along with other members of the Neomarica genus, is known as the Walking Iris. After a flower fades, the floral stalk bends to the ground and a new plantlet is formed at the tip. Through this method, the plant spreads to new locations, as if it was walking across a space. 
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
  • Landscaping Features
    • Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Flowers
      Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils, Poor Infertile Soils, Acidic (low pH) Soils
      Landscape Uses :
      Flowerbed / Border, Interiorscape/ Indoor Plant, Container Planting
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Semi-Shade, Full Shade
      Water Preference :
      Lots of Water
      Propagation Method :
      Seed, Division, Aerial Plantlet
  • Foliar
    • Foliage Retention :
      Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Mature Foliage Texture(s) :
      Leaf Area Index (LAI) * for Green Plot Ratio :
      3.5 (Shrub & Groundcover - Monocot)
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower & Plant Sexuality :
      Bisexual Flowers
      Flower Colour(s) :
      Blue, Purple, White

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