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Dwarf Iris

Iris reticulata

Also known as

Early Bulbous Iris, Netted Iris, Winter Iris, Flag iris, Fleur-de-Lys

Iris reticulata 'Gordon' 4 by http://www.fleurs-des-montagnes.net (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








3 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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A close up of some purple Iris reticulata flowers
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Dwarf Iris Overview

Iris reticulata is a sweet, dwarf, deciduous, bulbous perennial that typically grows to around 15cm tall. It produces pale violet-purple flowers with yellow banding and white throats. These appear from late winter to early spring and measure approximately 8cm across. This plant can provide welcome colour and subtle fragrance to a winter garden. This species has an upright habit and its in the Iris family, Iridaceae. Foliage is narrow, stiff and grass-like. It has a tufted habit and is fully hardy, plant in a position of full sun, in moist, well-draining soil for optimal growth.

Common problems with Dwarf Iris

How to harvest Dwarf Iris

Lovely as cut flowers.

How to propagate Dwarf Iris


Lift & separate bulbs in early autumn.


Sow in autumn or spring, recommended to use a cold frame.


By division of rhizomes or offsets in late summer. Certain cultivars should be propagated by division only.


Special features of Dwarf Iris

Attracts bees

Attractive flowers

Pot plant

Other uses of Dwarf Iris

Walls, border, edging, rock garden, fragrance.

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