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Hermodactylus tuberosus

For sale by Rachel the Gardener

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There aren't many black flowers... but this unusual and seldom-found Iris-like flower has black falls, with lime green petals. They flower from late winter to early spring, and make such a change from the usual daffs! The foliage, which is an interesting blue-green, is strappy and rather lax, but disappears by summer.

Great in mixed borders, allow them to bulk up into good-sized clumps for the best effect.

Pot SizeTotal Price
0.75 litres

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Grower Notes

Full sun, poor soil preferred, like to have a good baking in summer.

Plant Finder: about Hermodactylus tuberosus

Common names

Snake's head iris, Widow's iris


Hermodactylus tuberosus (Snake's head iris). This species is a relative of the iris. The flowers are greenish yellow and blackish brown. The stems and leaves which are blue-green, grow to about 45cm tall.

Interest and use

Grown for its iris-like flowers.

Italics = data drawn from parent genus or species

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Hermodactylus tuberosus | Wantage, Oxfordshire, OX12 | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019
  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • Soil pH5.0 to 8.0
  • WaterDry

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