Iris spuria subsp. halophila

Iridaceae

 

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 spuria subsp. halophila is sometimes known simply as Iris halophila, which means salt-loving. The species has strong, broad leaves, and the flowers may be yellow or yellow and blue, smaller and narrower than those of the parent species. It comes from an area from Romania to central Asia.
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2 litre pot £8.00

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