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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.
DeciduousMostly deciduous, dying back completely or to a fan of short leaves.
Bulb/Corm or rhizomatous perennialRhizomatous or bulbous perennials
HerbaceousEarly in the year, typically January till end of March, herbaceous plants might be supplied in 9cm pots to ensure timely despatch.
Hardy - cold winterHardy 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)
- Dividing Herbaceous Perennials - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Spring Planting Osteospermums - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Dividing Summer Perennials - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Dividing summer flowering Hemerocallis - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Summer propagation - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Self-seeding aquilegia - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Supporting Plants - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Dead heading meconopsis - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Dead heading Delphiniums - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Feeding herbaceous peonies - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Overpotting Problems - Video Tip ondemand_video
Buy Varieties of IRIS
rhizomatous perennial with very dark purple, almost black flowers in early summer. Fragrant
(kaempferi) - Water iris - shades pink-purple
dull purple flowers 2 feet in height
pale blue bearded iris
leaves variegated gold and cream
unusual, subtle colour break. Creamy-white standards and pale yellow falls
ruffled purple flowers with a veined yellow blotch at the base
(syn. stylosa) - clear blue winter flowering iris