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Siberian Iris Snow Queen

Collected in Japan by Barr in 1900.

An oldie but a goodie; this variety has pure white flowers with bright yellow in the throat.  They are held high over attractive blue green foliage that is about 2 feet tall.  Hardy to zone 4 this variety even looks good in the winter with its rust fall foliage and attractive seed pods.

$6.00

Siberian Iris Caesar’s Brother

Iris Siberian Caesar's Brother

Iris Siberian Caesar’s Brother

Siberian Iris are very hardy (zone 3). This one is deep purple and blooms in early June here in Wisconsin. It gets about 3 feet tall and can form large clumps up to 3 feet across. When the clumps get large enough that they start dyeing out in the middle just do some transplants. They are very tough and can take most conditions including poor dry soil and even boggy conditions, but will do best in moist soil and full sun.  Siberian Iris attracts butterflies and they are not favored by deer and rabbits.  There are no bugs or disease to worry about with these plants and they remain attractive well into fall and winter.  Just cut them down in spring.

$4.00
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Siberian Iris Rikugi Sakura

By Shidara, 1988

Although this is actually a Siberian Iris, it does look like a Japanese iris and is sometimes mistakenly listed as one. The stiff grassy foliage is about 2 feet tall with the 3-4 inch blooms in mass above the foliage in June.

iris siberian rikugi sakura

iris siberian rikugi sakura

These beauties are hardy to zone 4 some even say zone 3 and prefer slightly acidic moist soil. They can tolerate wet feet at the edge of your pond, but will also grow in standard garden soil.

The big bi-colored flowers have a wheel like shape to them. There are 6 petals with lavender falls and 3 signals which are also lavender. The center of the bloom is cream to cinnamon in color.

$8.00

Iris What Again

By Ensminger – 1990

This little darling has wisteria blue standards and straw colored falls.  Brilliant blue beards complete the package.  Others say that it is supposed to be 8” but it is 6” tops here in Wisconsin.  I thought it was a MDB when I got it. A vigorous grower it won the American Iris Society Award of Merit in 1996.

$5.00

Iris Dwarf Atroviolacea

This MDB (Miniature Dwarf Bearded) Iris is only 3-4 inches high. The falls and standards are both violet purple with white to light lavender beards.

They are soooooo cute and are one of the very first irises to bloom. They will soon be found in little patches all around your yard because they multiply quickly.

$5.00
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Siberian Iris – Laughing Brook

By Waite – 1984

Siberian iris laughing brook and Iris Wabash

Siberian iris laughing brook and Iris Wabash

This Siberian iris can be quite tall in fertile moist soil (up to 3 feet).  It will be shorter, but still bloom like crazy, on sandy soils. The electric blue blooms will appear inky in certain light and have a reddish or velvet purple sheen at other times of the day. The signals are white with a distinct black penciling. They are vigorous and floriferous, blooming at the same time as the tall bearded iris. The sword like dark green foliage remains attractive long after the blooms fade and even becomes a rusty accent for the winter garden.

$7.00
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Iris Versicolor – Blue Flag

Iris versicolor with Hosta Elvis Lives and Golden Prayers

Iris versicolor with Hosta Elvis Lives and Golden Prayers

A very robust, native water iris which will also grow in the garden if given enough water. The sword-like leaves are topped by large, violet-blue flowers accented by whitish markings at the base of the sepals. Petals and sepals spread out flat making it an attractive place for feeding by hummingbirds. It can grow to 3 feet in the water but will be shorter in a garden situation.  They are hardy to zone two and can tolerate freezing in the ice with no problem. They like about six inches of water, but can tolerate deeper water for a short time.

$7.00
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Iris Tectorum

This iris is also known as Roof Iris or Wall Iris. This species iris is from china where it was in fact grown on thatched roofs and walls. It is about a foot tall and is blue/purple with a white crest. It is beardless and the foliage looks similar to a semi dwarf bearded but tends to lie flatter rather than standing upright. This iris is reported by some sources to be hardy in zone 4 and some report it as zone 5 but I think more important is the drainage. It does require water, but it must not stand in water at all. Very well drained soil and a sunny protected position will keep it happy. The powdered roots are used as a white face powder by women in Japan. It is also thought to ward off evil spirits.

$6.00

Iris Immortality

By Zurburigg – 1982

Iris immortality

Iris immortality

Tall bearded; 2 ½ – 3 feet tall; zone 3

Pure white with gold tipped beards.

This re-blooming iris will sometimes re-bloom even in northern WI which is unusual. Sweet fragrance.

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Iris I Do

By L. Zurbrigg, R. – 1973.

Iris I Do

Iris I Do

My notes from when I first got this plant say that this is a seedling of Immortality. Another source listed it as Grand Baroque x Amy and by Avonbank 1974.

In any case it is a tall bearded iris. It is 30”-32” tall for us and blooms early to mid-season. It is re-blooming to some extent and more vigorous than it parent. The color of both standards and falls is near white with slight cast of violet and/or greenish yellow, depending on the light. Really, it’s pretty white. The white beard is tipped in pale yellow and the flower is fuller and more ruffled.

I first got this plant, years ago, as a wedding present for a friend. It did so well that in a few years she gave me some back. Both of us have given it many times since for wedding showers and bridesmaid’s gifts.

$6.00
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