Rarely found in Australian gardens, Iris histriodes are a wonderful small growing species with a number of cultivars worthy of consideration. These are mainly hybrids and often have blue flowers similar to the species Iris histrio.
Winter flowering and growing well in containers they really perform best and make a wonderful addition to the rock garden. Around mid winter the tips of the bulbs will emerge, a few weeks later they will burst into flower. Foliage is not the main attraction by ant means, it is the flowers that rise well above the foliage on tall stems.
Plant these bulbs fairly deep 10 – 15 cm and keep them dry during the summer months or you may well loose them. These are aplant that require a little lime in the soil to perform well.
We grow ours in containers, and after they have died back transfer them to the garden. As the clump grows we eventually divide again and put some back into containers and some back into the garden.
A sunny position in winter is essential and good drainage year round.
- Iris histriodes ‘Major’ is one of the best known of this group, flowers are a strong blue and large. Yellow markings on the falls with a touch of paler blue to white.
- Iris x histriodes ‘George‘ with its purple flower, deeper moroon purple falls again with yellow and white markings
- Iris x histriodes ‘Katharine Hodgkin’ is one of the most sought after cultivars, a very pretty mid to pale blue flowering form with a tinge of green, again with the trademark yellow and white markings.
- Iris x histriodes ‘Sheila Anne Germany’ has the palest of blue flowers with very pale yellow and white on the falls.
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