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Iris warleyensis

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Features

  • BloomsMarch to August
  • Height0.2m to 0.5m
  • Spread0.1m
  • Growth HabitStalked clump
  • Flower ColourDeep purple blue
  • Leaf ColourGlossy

Description

Iris warleyensis. This species will produce curved glossy green leaves. The flowers are borne in the spring with pale to deep purple blooms; they also have a white rim with a toothed cream to yellow crest.

Characteristics

Perennial, Deciduous or Evergreen, Herbaceous

Origin

Asia

Interest and use

Grown for their distinctive and colourful flowers. Suitable for coastal conditions.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Light
  • Soil pH5.5 to 7.0
  • 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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