- Position: full sun
- Soil: well-drained, neutral to slightly alkaline soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: April to May
- Hardiness: fully hardy
A stunning, bearded iris with dusky, purple-black flowers from April to May and grey-green, sword-like leaves. It looks fabulous planted in drifts in a well-drained, sunny border, as a complement to other blue and purple flowers, or to provide a dramatic accent among paler flowers. Plant towards the middle of the border to fully appreciate the colour.
- 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. Remove the stems after flowering from the base as this will concentrate the plant's energy into producing new rhizomes. Divide and replant about every three years.
- Harmful if eaten
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Q:2006 Planting Chelsea Flower Show enquiry
Hi, I see you have plants available for the current show, but do you have a plant list for the 2006 award winner (Daily Telegraph,Tom Stuart Smith) available as I am interested in buying some of these plants? Thank you for your time, KellyAsked on 5/4/2010 by kelly mackenzie
A:Hello Kelly, He did use a lot of plants in his garden - here is a list which includes most. Allium Purple Sensation Anthriscus Ravens Wing Aquilegia Ruby Port Astrantia Claret Carex testacea Cirsium rivulare atropurpureum Dahlia Dark Desire Euphorbia Fireglow Geranium Lily Lovell Geranium phaeum Samobor Geranium Phillipe Valpelle Geranium psilostemmon Geum Princess Juliana Gillenia trifoliata Hakonechloa macra Iris Dusky Challenger Iris Dutch Chocolate Iris Sultan's Palace Iris Superstition Iris Supreme Sultan Knautia macedonica Lavandula angustifolia Nepeta subsessilis Washfield Nepeta Walkers low Purple fennel - Giant Bronze Rodgersia pinnata Superba Rodgersia podophylla Salvia Mainacht Sedum matrona Stachys byzantina Stipa arundinacea (syn.Anemanthele lessoniana) Stipa gigantea Tulip Abu Hassan Tulip Ballerina Tulip Queen of Night Verbascum Helen Johnston I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 6/4/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
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 29/8/2009 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 1/9/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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