- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: well-drained, moderately fertile soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: May and June
- Flower colour: shades of blue
- Other features: all parts of the plant may cause severe discomfort if ingested; contact with the sap may cause skin irritation
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Very variable but none the less very handsome, this beardless iris looks wonderful when planted in bold drifts through the border. With a maximum height of 90cm, they can also be lower growing, sometimes considerably so. The flowers come in shades of blue or purple-blue and the mid green leaves often have a red flush at their bases.
- 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 minimise the incidence of wind rock. In exposed areas stake with bamboo canes in early spring.
- Harmful if eaten
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