Habitat: open places
Soil: good garden soil
Height: 70 cm
Flowering: early summer
Width: 30 cm
These are hardy, damp-loving irises, widespread in the Northern Hemisphere. They make spreading mats of rhizomes, and flower best if planted in sunny places, so long as the dampness, or even wetness, is ensured. They include our British native flag iris.
|Iris lactea is a species that is mainly found in central Asia, although this collection is from Nepal. It usually has bluish-violet flowers, deeper coloured on the standards and paler on the falls, which have some yellow markings, but there are white forms.|
|Iris versicolor is a species from north-east America, keeping its foliage throughout the winter. It has clusters of a few violet flowers with darker veins and a downy, yellow spot on the falls.|