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Iris - Other

Aside from the popular bearded irises, Siberian, Louisiana or Japanese irises, there is a profusion of very attractive iris species that deserve a spot in the garden. These wildflowers come from every type of environment from desert to swamp and mountain top to grassland. Some are ideal choices for the garden pond or rock garden, others are perfect for regular garden soil.

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Iris cristata (Dwarf Crested Iris)

Iris cristata (Dwarf Crested Iris) is a low-growing perennial forming a quickly spreading mat of narrow, sword-shaped, bright green, pointed leaves.

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Iris domestica 'Freckle Face' (Blackberry Lily)

Iris domestica 'Freckle Face' (Blackberry Lily) is an erect, rhizomatous perennial boasting showy sprays of 3-12 brilliant orange flowers, 2 in. across (5 cm), with 6 flaring petals of equal size that are peppered with deep red spots. Blooming in mid to late summer, each flower usually lasts only a day, but the plant produces a succession of blooms over a period of several weeks.

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Iris domestica 'Hello Yellow' (Blackberry Lily)

Iris domestica 'Hello Yellow' (Blackberry Lily) is an erect, rhizomatous perennial boasting showy sprays of 3-12 brilliant golden-yellow flowers, 2 in. across (5 cm), with 6 flaring petals of equal size. Blooming in mid to late summer, each flower usually lasts only a day, but the plant produces a succession of blooms over a period of several weeks.

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Iris domestica (Blackberry Lily)

Iris domestica (Blackberry Lily) is an erect, rhizomatous perennial boasting showy sprays of 3-12 reddish-orange flowers, 2 in. across (5 cm), with 6 flaring petals of equal size that are peppered with deep red spots. Blooming in mid to late summer, each flower usually lasts only a day, but the plant produces a succession of blooms over a period of several weeks.

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Iris douglasiana (Douglas Iris)

Iris douglasiana (Douglas Iris) is a slowly spreading rhizomatous evergreen perennial forming clumps of sword-shaped, arching, dark green leaves. Branched stems rise from the clumps in spring, each of them boasting usually blue flowers, 3 in. across (7 cm), although the flowers can be variable in color, ranging from pale cream to yellow to reddish purple.

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Iris foetidissima 'Variegata' (Variegated Stinking Iris)

Noted for its terrific foliage and showy fruit, Iris foetidissima 'Variegata' (Stinking Iris) is an evergreen perennial with small, pale lavender, yellow-tinged, beardless flowers in late spring. Rising atop upright stems, they are followed by attractive, disproportionately large seed pods which mature over the summer and burst open in early fall to reveal showy, brilliant orange-red seeds.

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Iris foetidissima (Stinking Iris)

Noted for its terrific foliage and showy fruit, Iris foetidissima (Stinking Iris) is an evergreen perennial with small, pale lavender, yellow-tinged, beardless flowers in late spring. Rising atop upright stems, they are followed by attractive, disproportionately large seed pods which mature over the summer and burst open in early fall to reveal showy, brilliant orange-red seeds.

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Iris fulva (Copper Iris)

Perfect for standing water, Iris fulva (Copper Iris) is a striking perennial with unusual, flat topped, beardless flowers, up to 3 in. across (7 cm), the warm color of copper, terra cotta, brick-red and sometimes yellow. Blooming in late spring to early summer, they rise atop upright stakes reaching 2-3 ft. (60-90 cm). The beauty of the flowers attracts hummingbirds.

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Iris japonica (Fringed Iris)

Iris japonica (Fringed Iris) is an evergreen rhizomatous perennial with white or pale blue, orchid-like flowers, up to 2 in. across (5 cm), adorned with deep purple and conspicuous orange crests on each fringed fall. Blooming profusely in late spring to early summer, they are borne on branched stems and rise above handsome fans of glossy, sword-shaped, evergreen foliage.

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Iris laevigata 'Variegata' (Water Iris)

Perfect for standing water, Iris laevigata 'Variegata', commonly known as Water Iris, is fabulous looking with its display of rich, blue-purple flowers, 4 in. across (10 cm), with broad pendant falls exhibiting a white central ridge and slightly narrower, upright standards

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Iris laevigata (Water Iris)

The most aquatic of all irises, Iris laevigata, commonly known as Water Iris, is a rhizomatous perennial with striking three petalled, rich royal blue flowers, 3-4 in. wide (8-10 cm), adorned with broad pendant falls exhibiting a white central ridge and slightly narrower, upright standards. On display from late spring to early summer, this Iris flowers in abundance and may repeat bloom.

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Iris lazica (Lazistan Iris)

Thriving in light shade, Iris lazica (Lazistan Iris) is an evergreen perennial with lavender-blue flowers, up to 3 in. across (8 cm), adorned with delicate marking on each fall. Blooming in early spring, freely and regularly, the blossoms resemble those of the other winter-blooming, Iris unguicularis, to which Lazistan Iris is closely akin.

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Iris pallida 'Argentea Variegata' (Dalmatian Iris)

Native of Dalmatia in Croatia, Iris Pallida 'Argentea Variegata' is a semi-evergreen rhizomatous Bearded Iris noted for its striking foliage and showy, scented purple flowers. The unique variegated foliage consists of sword-like leaves, elegantly striped with silvery-white and gray-green.

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Iris pallida 'Variegata' (Dalmatian Iris)

Native of Dalmatia in Croatia, Iris Pallida 'Variegata' is a semi-evergreen rhizomatous Bearded Iris noted for its striking foliage and showy, scented purple flowers. The unique variegated foliage consists of sword-like leaves, elegantly striped with creamy yellow and gray-green.

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Iris pseudacorus (Yellow Iris)

Vigorous, Iris pseudacorus, commonly known as Yellow Iris, is a herbaceous perennial with eye-catching bright yellow flowers, 4 in. wide (10 cm), adorned with a brown or violet veining on each fall. Sitting atop sturdy, upright, branched stalks, the flowers create a very striking display. Each flower stalk bears up to 4-12 flowers. The foliage of erect, sword-shaped, gray-green leaves is equally attractive and remains good-looking through the entire growing season.

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