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Iris germanica

Orris root

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  • Iris germanica | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019
  • Iris germanica | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019

Features

  • BloomsMay to June
  • Height0.6m to 1.25m
  • Spread0.15m to 0.4m
  • Growth HabitBranched clump
  • Flower ColourWhite, blue, purple, yellow
  • Leaf ColourMedium green

Description

Iris germanica (Orris root). This is a bearded iris with a spreading habit. It has sparsely branched stems which will produce up to 6 yellow-bearded, blue-purple to blue-violet flowers in the spring. It will grow to about 1m tall. This is an early-flowering variety and it will prefer full sun.

Characteristics

Perennial, Semi-evergreen, Fragrant

Origin

Mediterranean

Interest and use

Borders, bog, aquatic, container

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilLight, Medium, Sandy, Chalky
  • Soil pH7.0 to 9.0
  • WaterDry

Cultivation

They are fully hardy, but some groups may thrive only in specific growing conditions. All irises are best planted in late summer and early autumn. Outdoors you can grow them in well drained, fertile, neutral or slightly acid or alkaline soil in full sun to lightly dappled shade. In order for irises to thrive, most of them need long, hot summers. Irises that require protection from rain or frost should be grown under glass.

Propagation

By division of rhizomes or offsets in late summer or by seed in autumn. Certain cultivars should be propagated by division only.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Attracts Slugs

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