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IRIS 'Blue Magic'
Blue Magic Iris, Dutch Iris
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Often cited as the most cold-hardy of the beardless Dutch irises, 'Blue Magic' dazzles in late mid-spring to very early summer, depending on climate. Its big blossoms are predominantly medium purple to royal blue-indigo, subtly changing across the petals. These flowers are poised atop tall, elegant stems. The hybrid 'Blue Magic' was introduced in 1959.
Named for the growers in The Netherlands who originally hybridized them, the bright flowers of Dutch irises rise on stems amid narrow, reedlike foliage. The sturdy, graceful blossoms are comprised of three upright standards and three downward-curving falls, which are usually marked with a contrasting yellow to orange blotch. Three style arms in the center lay atop the falls. Dutch irises make excellent cut flowers, with a bloom lasting several days before shriveling.
Dutch irises are sun-loving perennials which go dormant after flowering. They grow from bulbs, not rhizomes or tubers. Plant the bulbs in late summer to early fall in moderately fertile, well-drained soil that is near-neutral in pH for best performance. Don't be alarmed if the foliage sprouts in fall or winter in some climates, even though it's well before the flower show. The vibrant blooms of Dutch irises are best displayed among other perennials that conceal the irises when they go seasonally dormant after blooming. After a couple years, one plant increases to become an attractive clump of numerous bulbs. Deer don't eat Dutch irises.
9 - 1
5 - 9
2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
14"-24" / 35.6cm - 61.0cm
4"-7" / 10.2cm - 17.8cm
Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
White, Yellow, Blue, Purple, Orange, Pink, Rose, Coral, Peach, Burgundy, Lavender, Plum, Orange Red, Dark Salmon, Bronze, Chocolate, Black
Blue Green, Gray Green
Light Green, Blue Green
Cutflower, Foundation, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall
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