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Dwarf Iris

Iris reticulata

Also known as

Early Bulbous Iris, Netted Iris, Winter Iris

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

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Frost Hardy

6a

USDA zone

-23°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

10cm

10cm

Min

1cm

3 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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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

Bulbs

Lift & separate bulbs in early autumn.

Seed

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

Division

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

Rhizomes

Special features of Dwarf Iris

Attracts bees

Attractive flowers

Pot plant

Other uses of Dwarf Iris

Walls, border, edging, rock garden, fragrance.

Spring Bulbs for Autumn Planting

Plant out these flowering bulbs in autumn to enjoy their performance next year.

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Looking Good in February - Top 10

Traditionally flowering in February, these flowers will be at their best this month.

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