General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 7b -15 °C (5 °F) to -12.2 °C (10 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: 12-24 inches
Plant Spread: 8-10 inches
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Purple
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Bulb
Uses: Will Naturalize
Propagation: Seeds: Sow in situ
Can handle transplanting
Propagation: Other methods: Bulbs
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger

Common names
  • Pleatleaf Iris
  • Pinewood Lily
  • Pine Lily

Photo Gallery
Location: Miller County Sandhills Natural Area, Miller County, Arkansas
Photo by Eric Hunt

Date: c. 1937
illustration [as Eustylis purpurea] by Mary E. Eaton from 'Addiso
Location: Gause, TX
Date: July 10, 2020
Growing wild on our rural cabin property in Central TX
Location: Giddings, Texas
Date: 6/18/2016
This grows under a tree line, near a stream at my friends' proper

Date: c. 1937
illustration [as Herbertia drummondii] by Mary E. Eaton from 'Add
Location: my garden; 
Date: 2015-02-26
Location: my garden, from seed
Date: 2014-02-14
  • Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Nov 20, 2012 12:51 PM concerning plant:
    The name Alophia drummondii has been misapplied to Herbertia lahue. The two genera have frequently been confused with one another.

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