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Iris ‘Cantab’ (Dwarf Iris)

Dwarf Iris 'Cantab', Iris reticulata 'Cantab'

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Iris ‘Cantab’ is a gorgeous Dwarf Iris with soft, pale blue flowers and dark blue falls, beautifully adorned with white stripes around a yellow blotch. The foliage of slender, grass-like, gray-green leaves typically rises to the same level as the flower but does not elongate after flowering, making this Iris reticulata idea for pots and containers. Blooming in late winter to early spring, these pretty flowers (usually 1-2 per bulb) are rich with a sweet fragrance.

  • Grows up to 4-6 in. tall (10-15 cm)
  • 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 bulb propagation in autumn
  • All parts may cause discomfort if ingested. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling.
  • Toxic to dogs, toxic to cats, toxic to horses.

Native to Turkey and the Caucasian Mountains, Dwarf Irises (Iris reticulata) are small, bulbous perennials with grass-like leaves and solitary, sometimes fragrant purple, yellow or blue flowers that burst into bloom in early spring to create an effect reminiscent of butterflies hovering low to the ground. This sight brightens the aspect of late winter days!

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 8
Heat Zones 5 - 8
Climate Zones 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Bulbs
Plant Family Iridaceae
Genus Iris reticulata
Common names Bearded Iris, Iris, Dwarf Iris
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early)
Winter
Height 4" - 6"
(10cm - 15cm)
Spread 3" (8cm)
Spacing 3" (8cm)
Depth 4" (10cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Drought, Rabbit, Deer
Attracts Bees
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, City and Courtyard, Traditional Garden
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Iris ‘Spot-on’ (Dwarf Iris)
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Recommended Companion Plants

Crocus tommasinianus ‘Whitewell Purple’ (Early Crocus)
Eranthis hyemalis (Winter Aconite)
Cyclamen coum ‘Maurice Dryden’ (Persian Violet)
Helleborus Angel Glow (Hellebore)
Carex oshimensis ‘Evergold’ (Japanese Sedge)
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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 8
Heat Zones 5 - 8
Climate Zones 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Bulbs
Plant Family Iridaceae
Genus Iris reticulata
Common names Bearded Iris, Iris, Dwarf Iris
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early)
Winter
Height 4" - 6"
(10cm - 15cm)
Spread 3" (8cm)
Spacing 3" (8cm)
Depth 4" (10cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Drought, Rabbit, Deer
Attracts Bees
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, City and Courtyard, Traditional Garden
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