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

Posted by DirtyRedneck 8b (My Page) on
Mon, Mar 25, 13 at 23:05

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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