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Butterfly Iris / Dietes bicolor(5 images)

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This South African native has found a home in the drought-tolerant gardens and landscapes of America's southwest cities.
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  • The fragile beauty of a fresh butterfly iris bloom features creamy white petals or tepals adorned with bright orange and deep purple spots near the flower's center. The white flower stands out crisply against the image's deep, midnight-blue background.
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  • Intimate portrait of an aging butterfly iris bloom displays increased thinning and translucence of the creamy petals or tepals. A tiny sugar ant explores the flower.
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  • A fresh butterfly iris bloom adorns a stem that also features new, creamy yellow buds and curled, dry, parchment-colored dead blossoms. The image documents the profuse blooming habit of this showy garden plant.
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