Kisses in the Morning, the Walking Iris

I had a nice crop of white chocolate Hershey Kisses this year.  My Walking Iris, Neomarica gracillis, took a hit from two years of freezes and it has finally recuperated.  It is originally from Brazil and can be grown as a houseplant, which explains why it didn’t like the cold.

In the morning the flower starts out in a Kiss shape.  Here it is starting to open slightly and the flower’s colors are showing.

The Walking Iris opens bit by bit revealing the flower inside.  I have seen videos on the internet of it opening, but I don’t have the patience to sit and wait.  I was able to catch the flowers in various stages of opening during one shoot.

The Iris’s flowers only last for one day, but it will continue to open in a secession of new blooms.  Mine has been blooming since Easter and I think it might go for two more weeks. After the flowers bloom, little plantlets form making the stem heavy enough to bend to ground for the plantlets to root.  This how it was named Walking Iris.

27 Comments on “Kisses in the Morning, the Walking Iris”

  1. Eliza Waters says:

    You forgot to mention its honey-sweet scent! I have one as a houseplant, it is a delight when it blooms.

    • I probably don’t smell it often as it is low on the ground. I will be sniffing the next one that opens. So, does it do well inside?

      • Eliza Waters says:

        Yes, it does. I repot it annually and cut off the ‘legs’ to bolster the main plant (sometimes rooting new plants with the cuttings).

      • Good to know. Moving north could be in my future.

      • Eliza Waters says:

        While the winters may be cold and snowy, the summers are definitely less hot than the south. Didn’t you once live in the north?

      • Yes, I was born there, but moved for a job and have spent my adult life in the South. We spend a good chunk of the summer up north on top of a mountain where it is extra cool. The Walking Iris bloomed this morning and I smelled them all. Yes, they do have a wonderful scent. I’m sure I have smelled them in the past, but I am more fascinated with the flower and its patterns. Right now the Gardenias and Magnolias are scenting the garden, overwhelming everything else.

      • Eliza Waters says:

        Oh, I love gardenias, jasmine, and all those lovely scented things you can grow down South.

  2. Very pretty, those will grow here – though I am afraid of walking anything!

  3. What a lovely flower! I love irises like these even better than the Bearded Irises. I have quite a group of Siberian Iris. Thanks for your posts, m’dear.

  4. Tina says:

    Oh, that’s just gorgeous! Great shots.

  5. Deb says:

    How interesting! Enjoyed learning about these plants.

  6. shoreacres says:

    I’ve never heard of these, but we have a Texas native in the iris family that looks remarkably like this (except no white). It’s an east Texas plant — when I pull together an Easttex post, I’ll have photos.

  7. Sheryl says:

    The Walking Iris are beautiful. I had never heard of them until I read this post. You can raise raise so many fascinating plants that don’t grow this far north.

  8. How cute with all those white chocolate kisses. The slightly open one looks like when it’s been baked on a sugar cookie. And once it has opened, what a nice pattern.

  9. tonytomeo says:

    Oh my! That is so sci-fi!

  10. Lovely, unique iris!!! I have never seen or heard of it before.
    I’m so sorry it took a hit from the frost and that it is recovering. I also didn’t know it could take that long for it to recover. I’m wondering now if my hard hit frosted plants will take that long.

  11. crabandfish says:

    These are so beautiful 😍

  12. Misti says:

    I love these! One of my favorites!

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