Flight of ButterfliesIris

Basic Facts:

Iris flowers have their own structure and terminology. The upper petals that normally stick up are called standards, the lower petals falls. Some have a row of coloured hairs on the falls called beards. Some have a thickened section of petal along the middle of the falls called guides as they guide bees to the nectar and pollen.

Members of the Iridaceae family

Garden Use: 

Iris are beautiful and rewarding plants. Their flowering period is short but this is more compensated by the sheer exuberance of their blooms. Also, don't forget that the blue-green, sword shaped leaves add long-lasting appeal to the border in their own right. 

Cut Flower Use:

Excellent cut flowers. Iris are toxic.

Cultivation:

You need to know which type of Iris you are growing as conditions vary greatly - there are water Iris, species that grow in the desert and everything in between. See cultivation information under each type below.

Propagation:

Our Irises are propagated by division.  The rhizomes are best divided shortly after flowering although Sibirica irises can also be divided in spring.  Cut back the leaves to about 1/3 of their length after division and replant.

Pests and Diseases:

Leaves eaten along the edges in May / June (especially water irises): look out for the small black-headed grey caterpillars of Iris Sawfly on water Iris. Easy to squash by hand (go on don't be squeamish - its them or your Irises!). Look every few days as new caterpillars hatch out over time.

Iris sibirica Sliver Edge

Lovely deep blue flowers with a fine, glistening silver edge to the petals.. 2ft 9in tall. Flowers May-July.

RHS Award of Garden Merit.

Price £5.00 (1lt pot)

Iris Melton Red Flare

Rosy red and gold - stunning. About 2ft / 60cm

Price £5.00 (1lt pot)

Iris sibirica Whirl Swirl

White with a hint of yellow. About 2ft / 60cm

Price £4.50 (9cm pot)

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