Neomarica gracilis: Walking Iris, Apostle’s Iris

Neomarica [Walking Iris, Apostle’s Iris or Apostle Plant] is a genus of 16 species of plants in family Iridaceae, native to tropical regions of western Africa, Central and South America.

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Neomarica gracilis has bright blue and white flowers are about 3 inches across that last for only one day.
After flowering, a new plant starts to form on the end of the flower stalk. The weight of the developing plant causes the stalk to bend over and touch the ground, where the plantlet will take root. This is where the common name “Walking Iris” comes from. The plants “walk” slowly across the landscape. Read more.

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Photos: HortPark, Singapore 20120630

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