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IRIS 'Blue Magic'

Image of Iris 'Blue Magic'

Ednie Flower Bulb, Inc.

Family

Iridaceae

Botanical Name

IRIS 'Blue Magic'

Plant Common Name

Blue Magic Iris, Dutch Iris

Special Notice

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General Description

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.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    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

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    14"-24" / 35.6cm - 61.0cm

  • Width

    4"-7" / 10.2cm - 17.8cm

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Yellow, Blue, Purple, Orange, Pink, Rose, Coral, Peach, Burgundy, Lavender, Plum, Orange Red, Dark Salmon, Bronze, Chocolate, Black

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Blue Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Light Green, Blue Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Cutflower, Foundation, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No