Recently, as I walked along the side of our house, I was happy to see our walking irises (Neomarica gracilis) blooming. Although I prefer using native plants in landscaping, these were already here, and they’re so pretty. Each bloom only lasts one day. After the bloom dies, the stalk bends down to the ground and takes root. In this way, the plant seems to “walk” across the landscape. Hence, the name walking iris. Other names for this beautiful plant include fan iris, apostle plant, and poor man’s orchid. Walking iris grows natively in Mexico, Central America, and parts of South America.
© 2015 Karen Joslin