I need help identifying an iris!

polymersnMarch 6, 2012

This past week, I came across a blooming iris in Washington DC. I have never seen an iris blooming at this time of the year in this area! The iris was a traditional purple-blue color, the flower was similar in size to a blue flag iris. The plant, though, was between 4 to 6 in. high and the leaves were not flat. They were totally upright and were rigid and curled in to form a C (in cross-section). Anyone know what this is? It is not any cristata that I'm familiar with. Is it a US native? Thanks for the help. Polly

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iris_gal(z9 CA)

Google iris reticulata. It's a bulbous type - so cute. We're not cold enuf for those guys to naturalize.

    Bookmark   March 8, 2012 at 7:17PM
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That's it! I have never seen it in any other garden, but I think it will be a great addition to the crocuses and daffodils. It really is a nice looking plant and it comes in a few colors. On top of that, the soil around here seems to be perfect...clay and dry during the summer. Thanks. If anyone else is interested, Dave's garden website has vendors.

    Bookmark   March 9, 2012 at 1:45PM
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