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.


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.


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. If cutting the rhizomes of bearded Iris then sterilise your knife between each cut using surgical spirit or a flame.

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.

Leaves may be spotted. This is due to a fungal infection caused mainly by poor air circulation. Ignore or spray.

Soft evil-smelling rhizomes can occur on bearded irises in late spring. This is due to bacteria entering through damage or at old leave joints. Cut off rotten parts, cutting back into healthy tissue. Sterilise knife before and after each cut.

Iris Melton Red Flare

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

Price 4.50 (9cm pot)

Iris sibirica Steve

Nice variety that's not too tall - about 2ft / 60cm

Price 4.50 (9cm pot)

Iris sibirica Whirl Swirl

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

Price 4.50 (9cm pot)

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