- Position: full sun
- Soil: well-drained, moderately fertile, neutral to acidic soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: May and June
- Flower colour: yellow
- Other features: all parts of the plant may cause severe discomfort if ingested
- Hardiness: fully hardy
The pale lemon standards, sitting on top of the deeper yellow falls, which are infused with a green flush and have a web of brown veining around the beard, make this an exceptionally beautiful addition to the herbaceous border. The first flowers appear in late spring or early summer, and there is usually a second flush again from early autumn. Tolerant of coastal conditions, and resistant to both rabbits and deer, this tall bearded iris will grow in most soils as long as it gets plenty of sun. Like all irises, it is worth preparing the soil before planting by adding plenty of well rotted manure or good garden compost to provide nitrogen and other nutrients.
- Garden Care: Plant shallowly with the upper part of the rhizome sitting on the surface of the soil, incorporating a low nitrogen fertiliser in the planting hole. After planting remove the upper-most third of the leaves to protect against wind-rock. In exposed areas stake with bamboo canes in early spring. Divide and replant about every three years.
- Harmful if eaten
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Q:Iris Cliffs of Dover
Hi Crocus Advice please. All the Iris 'Cliffs of Dover ' appear to have died back to ground level is this normal for Irises and will they reappear next season? Thanks ChrisAsked on 8/29/2009 by Chris Greenshields
A:Hello Chris These plants do die back at this time of the year so I would not be concerned and then put on lots of new growth in spring. Best regards, Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 9/1/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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