Russian Irises - To plant or not to plant????

DirtyRedneckMarch 25, 2013

I've got someone offering me some Russian irises to transplant but she says they're an invasive species and will take over my yard in a few years. I like the idea of a lot of flowers but is this something I really want to do? I know next to nothing about flower bulbs and I don't want to get in over my head.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
aquawise(zone 4 Utah)

I would love to have some of these to plant in my water garden.
They do spread so it is recommended to not let them go to seed.
One can also plant them in a confined ares to contain the rhizomes.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2013 at 10:47AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
wally_1936(8b)

aquawise you should be able to grow the bearded variety in Utah. I know they did great in Colorado and Michigan.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2013 at 10:48PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
aquawise(zone 4 Utah)

I have over 150 colors of the bearded ones. The Russian Iris do well in wet conditions so would do great at the edge of a pond.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2013 at 12:14AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

I think they are the same as Japanese irises, no? Iris ensata? If your friend has this problem with them I would put a barrier in to contain them. They may be easily contained by withholding water, too.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2013 at 2:39PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
iris_gal(z9 CA)

I'd never heard of Japanes iris (I. ensata) being called Russian iris. I love Japanese iris! Not nearly as invasive as I. pseudocorus, which overtakes ponds.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2013 at 7:57PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
iris borers
Last year I had several iris clumps that collapsed...
auntie_grizelda
WANTED: Want any iris , daffodils tulips or lilies
If you are dividing your iris beds and have extra irises...
josephlee
Heirloom Iris
I am the Steward of a historic garden on the grounds...
benton1873
1st Dutch iris open (bulb)
I love bearded iris. But I'm also a sucker for bulb...
irisgal_z9
Planting Iris in March-April in Zone 7 ?
I have a lot of new Iris rhizomes to plant. Here in...
maximus2015
Sponsored Products
Campania International Exeter Cast Stone Planter - P-621-AL
$89.99 | Hayneedle
Peppercorn Bloem 18'' Modica Rail Planter
$14.99 | zulily
Kohler Harborview White 2-hole Cast Iron Utility Sink
Overstock.com
Purple Majesty Gladiolus Bulb - Set of 25
$14.99 | zulily
Jaipur Traverse Meadow Area Rug - RUG110105
$83.00 | Hayneedle
Architect's Centerpiece - GREEN
$195.00 | Horchow
Spathyfillium with Stand Silk Plant
Overstock.com
Merdolino Toilet Brush by Alessi
$58.00 | Lumens
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™