Also known as
3 years to reach maturity
This plant has no fragrance
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Wild Iris Overview
The wild iris is a striking ornamental plant with dark green fan-like leaves and dainty, unique flowers which grows easily in most temperate and even subtropical gardens and can multiply easily. This prolific flowerer carries its flowers on a wiry, arching stem. The flowers are dainty and each bloom lasts a single morning. New flowers open continually during the flowering spell. It is not only an ornamental contribution to most gardens but is also traditionally used in the medical applications. Due to being easy to grow as well as being low-maintenance, this is an ideal plant for any gardener to plant professional and amateur alike.
Common problems with Wild Iris
Resilient to most pests and diseases.
Wild Iris Companion Plants
Plant alongside grasses and hardy shrubs.
How to harvest Wild Iris
Fruit is a capsule, oval shaped and it disintegrates to release black seeds. Allow the heads to dry completely on plants, then remove seeds.
How to propagate Wild Iris
Sowing time is in Autumn. Space seed 30cm apart and sow at a depth of around 2cm.
Rhizomes can be split or divided during winter.
Division in spring.
Special features of Wild Iris
Attracts useful insects
Insects include bees and butterflies.
Tough and drought resistant.
Can grow well in a large container, given enough sunlight and good drainage holes.
Other uses of Wild Iris
Traditionally infusions made from the rhizome are taken orally in enemas to treat dysentery. Rhizomes are used during childbirth and for hypertension and the roots are used for first menstruation.
Dietes is effective in mass plantings under trees and around water features.