IRIS

Named from the Greek for rainbow. It symbolises life and resurrection. It is also thought that the French fleur-de-lys is a representation of this flower.

Genus of about 300 species of upright rhizomatous or bulbous perennials from a wide range of habitats in the northern hemisphere.

Rhizomatous irises have stout rootstocks on or very close to the surface. Bearded irises have rootstocks on the surface, beardless have them just under the surface. The bulbous irises, which also have fleshy roots, fall into 3 groups, Reticulata, Juno and Xiphium.

Water irises (Laevigata) thrive in damp places and include the UK native I. pseudacorus, the yellow flag.

Our other native, I. foetidissima, stinking iris (curious rather than stinking) or gladdon is a dull blue or buff-yellow flower of hedgebanks, damp woods and sea cliffs.

Further Reading....
  • Deciduous
    Mostly deciduous, dying back completely or to a fan of short leaves.
  • Bulb/Corm or rhizomatous perennial
    Rhizomatous or bulbous perennials
  • Herbaceous
    Early in the year, typically January till end of March, herbaceous plants might be supplied in 9cm pots to ensure timely despatch.
  • Hardy - cold winter
    Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters. May not withstand open/exposed sites or central/northern locations. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -15°C (5°F)

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IRIS chrysographes

IRIS chrysographes

rhizomatous perennial with very dark purple, almost black flowers in early summer. Fragrant

 
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IRIS ensata

IRIS ensata

Japanese water iris

(kaempferi) - Water iris - shades pink-purple

 
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IRIS foetidissima

IRIS foetidissima

Gladdon, Stinking gladwyn, Stinking iris

dull purple flowers 2 feet in height

 
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IRIS 'Jane Phillips'

IRIS 'Jane Phillips'

pale blue bearded iris

 
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IRIS pallida 'Variegata'

IRIS pallida 'Variegata'

Great purple flag

leaves variegated gold and cream

 
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IRIS sibirica 'Blue King'

IRIS sibirica 'Blue King'

Siberian flag

clear blue

 
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IRIS sibirica 'Butter and Sugar'

IRIS sibirica 'Butter and Sugar'

Siberian flag

unusual, subtle colour break. Creamy-white standards and pale yellow falls

 
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IRIS sibirica 'Perry's Blue'

IRIS sibirica 'Perry's Blue'

Siberian flag

pale blue

 
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IRIS sibirica 'Ruffled Velvet'

IRIS sibirica 'Ruffled Velvet'

Siberian flag

ruffled purple flowers with a veined yellow blotch at the base

 
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IRIS sibirica 'Snow Queen'

IRIS sibirica 'Snow Queen'

Siberian flag

white

 
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IRIS unguicularis

IRIS unguicularis

Algerian iris

(syn. stylosa) - clear blue winter flowering iris

 
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