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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.

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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 reddish or velvet purple sheen at other times of the day. The signals are white with 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 become a rusty accent for the winter garden.

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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 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 to and can tolerate freezing in the ice with no problem. They like about 6 inches of water, but can tolerate deeper water for a short time.

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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.

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Iris Honorabile

The original Honorabile was hybridized by lemon 1840 and came from France.

This historic plant is a intermediate bearded that stands about 18” and is hardy and prolific. The standards are golden yellow and the falls are flecked bronze and mahogany on a yellow background.

Several sports have developed from Honorabile including Joseph’s Coat, Kaleidoscope, Shersin-Wright and Sans Souci. There has been much discussion in the trade over the last few years regarding which is the real Honorabile. Some think that the original had darker falls and that the iris that is commonly sold as Honorabile is actually Sans Souci. In any case, this is one that will be around for many years to come.

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Iris Gingersnap

Developed by Schreiner it is a seedling of Brass Accents and Dark Chocolate – 1965

This tall bearded Iris is difficult to show in a photo. The rich ginger brown color with gold accents has a rich sheen that shows up in the right light.

It is taller than 3 feet, but the sturdy stems keep it from tipping even when loaded with tons of blooms. It is an early mid-season bloomer, but the thing that you will really remember is its memorable root beer fragrance. We sometimes call it the root beer Iris.

$7.00

Iris Frost Echo

By Aitken; 1995

Iris Frost Echo

Iris Frost Echo

Tall bearded (TB); 2 ½ – 3 feet tall; zone 3

White to very pale lavender. The buds have lavender tinges and the beards are also white.

Re-blooms and has a sweet spicy fragrance.

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Iris Eleanor Roosevelt

By Sass-McDade – 1933

Iris Eleanor Roosevelt

Iris Eleanor Roosevelt

This intermediate bearded iris is dark violet blue with white beards, we call it electric blue.

She is a Historic Iris is about 20” tall and wow; she is very reliable, vigorous, prolific and hardy. The stems don’t tip like some of the taller ones do. She is one of the first to bloom, in May, and then does some re-blooming during the rest of the iris season.

Awards: Honorable Mention 1936, Award of Merit 1937.

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