Habitat: open, sunny places
Soil: any good garden soil
Height: 90 cm
Flowering: early to mid summer
Width: 40 cm
These are good, easy garden plants for sunny places and good drainage, mainly from central Asia, but with some from as far west as western Europe or as far east as China. They can make clumps of tough leaves above the mat of rhizomes, and in many species the flowers are in relatively short stems, no taller than the leaves.
|Iris graminea makes good clumps of narrow leaves, and has purple flowers with violet falls. These are held well down in the foliage - which makes it easy to avoid collapsing tall stems, but does tend to hide its charms somewhat.|
|Iris cf. pontica is a dwarf iris from Eastern Europe and Russia, with violet-blue flowers.|