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 fulva

Iris fulva

A classic Louisiana Iris with unusual coppery orange flowers, it is one of the hardiest of the group and a startling sight in the garden. If you want to try Louisiana Iris in the north, this would be a good starting place, its almost as much fun as gators and Mardi Gras beads, well maybe.____ZONE 5
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Iris spuria

Iris spuria

The Butterfly Iris, a wide ranging complex species ranging from Sweden to Central Spain; they like a warm site and moisture during the growing season, but dry during flowering. Coloration is quite variable spurias are heavy feeders and enjoy some manure.____ZONE 4
$8.00

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Iris 'Black Gamecock'

Iris 'Black Gamecock'

$12.00

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Iris aphylla

Iris aphylla

An unusual species ranging from the Caucasus into Eastern Europe, it is distinct in its section being the only member that goes completely leafless in winter, flowers are typically in some shade of blue or purple.____ZONE 5
$12.00

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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
$12.00

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Iris cristata gigantea

Iris cristata gigantea

ZONE__4__ This is a large and extremly vigorous form from Punnett, It has been in Brigittas woodland garden and we finally dug some to propagate since it was encroatching on other things.____ZONE 4
$12.00

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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
$12.00

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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 mellita Archibald 590.950

Iris mellita Archibald 590.950

Perhaps the finest of all the Dwarf Bearded Iris, forming mats only a couple inches tall, current taxonomic thinking lumps this with I. suaveolens, however we have retained Jim's original name and population reference number to avoid confusion.____ZONE 6
$12.00

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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
$12.00

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