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Iris pumila

Dwarf flag iris

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Features

  • BloomsApril to August
  • Height0.1m to 0.2m
  • Spread0.1m
  • Growth HabitStalked clump
  • Flower ColourBlue, purple, yellow, white
  • Leaf ColourGreen shades

Description

Iris pumila (Dwarf flag iris). This is a small bearded iris. It will produce thick fleshy rhizomes. The flowers are about 15cm in height and the colours vary greatly: either white, yellow, violet, purple or blue, with yellow or blue beards on the falls.

Characteristics

Perennial, Deciduous, Fragrant

Interest and use

Spring interest.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilClay, Sandy, Chalky
  • Soil pH9.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

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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