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Iris pallida ‘Aurea Variegata’

Great purple flag iris

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Features

  • BloomsMarch to June
  • Height0.3m to 0.9m
  • Growth HabitStalked clump
  • Flower ColourDark purple
  • Leaf ColourBlue-green variegated

Description

Iris pallida ‘Aurea Variegata’ (Great purple flag iris). Has leaves striped yellow and green with dark purple flowers in early spring and early summer.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Herbaceous

Origin

Europe

Interest and use

Ornamental, bedding plant. Spring/Summer interest.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessHardy (min -10°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • 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

Slugs and snails may damage leaves. Prone to soft rot, leaf spot.

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