One of the early flowering iris varieties, with intense blues is Iris reticulata ‘Alida’, a rare highlight in winter.
This is a dwarf variety, and ‘Alida’ is a sport of ‘Harmony’. It has attractive intense pale to deep blue flowers with ‘lemon yellow’, blue and white markings on the falls.
This is a true bulb, a miniature iris that will flower from mid winter to spring depending on the climate.
Widely grown in containers where the flowers can easily be appreciates as they emerge, this is also an iris that over the long term is best suited to growing in the ground or perhaps a rock garden.
We have also seen reticulate iris naturalised into lawns, well worth a try for some added interest in winter.
Said by some sources to be fragrant, we find the fragrance to be slight. Flower colour will vary a little depending on the source.
Iris reticulata ‘Alida’ Care
Best grown in a sunny position in a humus rich well drained soil.
They can be grown in containers for a year or two however, like all of the Reticulata Iris, ‘Alida’ really needs to go into the ground after a year or two to maintain vigour.
We suggest growing in a rock garden or crevice garden for good results.
Foliage follows the flowers and should be left until it dies right back in spring to summer. This provided the bulbs with the energy for next seasons growth.
- Botanical Name – Iris reticulata Alida
- Common Name – Dwarf Iris Alida or Netted Iris.
- Family – Iridaceae
- Position – Full sun to afternoon shade.
- Soil – Moist, well drained with reasonably dry summers.
- Height – 12cm
- Spread – Flower size is 6 – 7 cm
- Planting distance – Around 7cm apart.
- Soil – Humus rich free draining
- Flowers – Pale blue petals with deeper falls marked with pale blue, yellow and white.
- Flowering Time – Late winter to spring depending on climate zone
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