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.

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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