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Of the many dwarf bulbous irises that ornament the garden in late winter and early spring, none is larger or more beautiful than this gem from central Turkey. Arising on ankle-high "stems," its blooms have three royal-blue, spreading, oval, petal-like falls, alternating with three upright, slender, paddle-shaped standards. Three petal-like style arms hug the lower portion of the falls. A yellow ridge runs from the base to the midpoint of each fall, surrounded by an oval zone of white and blue splotches. Linear, four-sided leaves emerge with the flowers. The plant grows from a small teardrop-shaped bulb covered with a tawny, fibrous tunic.
This charming and cheerful bulb does best in full sun and fertile well-drained soil, and requires 2 or more months of winter chill to grow and flower well. Use this lovely iris in rock gardens, bedding displays, or the foreground of the perennial border. It is also good for forcing in pots. A parent of many beautiful hybrids including those often placed under Iris reticulata, it has also represented by several outstanding cultivars including the large, deep-blue-flowered 'Major.'
8 - 1
5 - 8
3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Bulb or Corm or Tuber
Full Sun, Partial Sun
4"-6" / 10.2cm - 15.2cm
3"-4" / 7.6cm - 10.2cm
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
White, Yellow, Blue, Purple
Bedding Plant, Container, Cutflower, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower
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