Iris

IRIS A genus of 250 plus species running the gamut from aquatics to desert bulbs, there is so much diversity that general comments are meaningless. I would urge gardeners to sample a few plants from the various sections of the genus, most only grew a few bearded hybrids or Siberians and there are so many garden worthy plants that are never even attempted. The Czechs too have collected some wonderful new things. Don't be too intimidated by European pronouncements concerning the growability of various species, a friend and local grower, Brian Radford is growing a wide selection of Oncocyclus species with considerable success outdoors, despite what the pundits might say. If Onco's are possible, the rest should be effortless.



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Iris 'Black Gamecock'

Iris 'Black Gamecock'

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Iris cretensis

Iris cretensis

In the wild, it is found on grassy alpine meadows; leaves are small narrow and upright, flowers violet with yellow veination. Native to Crete and on the tender side, it is a winter bloomer in the alpine house. Ours survived -29f in an unheated polyhouse last winter - reports of tenderness may be premature.____ZONE 5
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Iris cycloglossa

Iris cycloglossa

A fantastic Juno collected southwest of Herat in Afghanistan by Wendelbo in 1975 in a damp grassy habitat very unusual for a Juno, it is extremely local and endemic only to this one small region. It is also distinct in that it is the only Juno with upright standards. Flowers are blue with a distinctive clove scent, very weird for a Juno, they appear more xiphium-like than Juno; definitely not a plant for beginners.____ZONE 5
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Iris lactea

Iris lactea

Widespread species occurs all over Asia, flowers usually pale blue 4-6cm across and scented, a modest exceptionally hardy species 15-30cm tall.____ZONE 5
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Iris lutescens

Iris lutescens

Formerly known as Iris chamaeiris, lutescens comes from rocky dry places in southern Europe, it is quite variable in color with both purple and yellow forms, it is generally quite dwarf and early blooming.____ZONE 5
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Iris lutescens campellii

Iris lutescens campellii

Very dwarf to 15cm, flowers bright violet blue; falls darker, this cute little bearded iris is native from Italy to southern Spain in dry places among rocks.____ZONE 5
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Iris monnieri

Iris monnieri

A beautiful yellow Spuria, monnieri is probably a hybrid between Iris orientalis and Iris xanthospuria both of which are native to Turkey; other authorities believe I. crocea may be involved, whatever it is an excellent garden specimen with an air of mystery about it.____ZONE 5
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Iris orientalis

Iris orientalis

Another big spuria related to crocea but not as big, 70cm flowers white with a large central yellow blotch.____ZONE 5
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Iris pseudacorus

Iris pseudacorus

The well-known Yellow Flag Iris; yellow flowers with brown marks, plants prefer standing water but will grow in ordinary moist garden soil, quite showy.____ZONE 5
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Iris pumila 'Betsy Boo'

Iris pumila 'Betsy Boo'

A very dwarf bearded Iris only 7-15 cm. tall. Spring and summer flowering, it forms dense mats. Flowering freely____ZONE 4
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