A native of Turkey and the Caucasian Mountains, Dwarf Iris (Iris reticulata) is a four-inch tall beauty (10 cm) with grass-like leaves and a violet-blue or purple flower with yellow markings that bursts into bloom in late winter to early spring to create an effect reminiscent of butterflies hovering low to the ground. This sight brightens the aspect of late winter days! Breeders have been creating terrific cultivars with flower colors ranging from yellow and chocolate to speckled blues.
Since each flower last between 3-7 days, the gradual succession of buds means that these Dwarf Irises will flower for around three weeks. With pretty colors, elegant forms and striking markings, they are a wonderful way to welcome spring to our sleeping winter gardens.
- Easily grown in average, medium moisture, neutral or slightly alkaline, well-drained soils in full sun to partial shade. Keep the soil relatively dry in summer in order for the bulbs to set buds for the following year.
- Perfect in containers, rock gardens, under trees and shrubs or at the front of borders. Spectacular when planted in groups (at least 20 bulbs)!
- Deer resistant and drought tolerant.
- To be planted in fall, 4 in. deep (10 cm) and 3 in. apart (7 cm).
- Propagate by seed, sown in pots in a cold frame in autumn or spring. Lift and separate bulbs in early autumn
- Ingestion may cause discomfort.