Alophia drummondii /Purple Pleat-Leaf

Alophia drummondii   / Alophia drummondii
Small, "surprise" flowers emerge from a lawn in spring
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Small, "surprise" flowers emerge from a lawn in spring

Plants growing in St. Augustinegrass

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Scientific Name: Alophia drummondii
Common Name: Purple Pleat-Leaf
Hardiness Zone: 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 1-2 feet
Spread: to 1 foot
Bloom time: Summer, Fall
Flower color: Purple
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Poor
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Comments: This iris like plant is a native. Its three outer flower petals are purple and the three inner ones are a deeper color of purple. A very short growing iris that does well when planted in the lawn, but mowing must be delayed in the spring during the period of flowering and new growth.