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I need help identifying an iris!

Posted by polymersn DC (My Page) on
Tue, Mar 6, 12 at 19:42

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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RE: I need help identifying an iris!

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

RE: I need help identifying an iris!

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.

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