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Iris unguicularis
Common Name: Winter Iris Family: Iridaceae (The Iris Family)

Iris unguicularis
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The early blue-mauve flowers of this species make a brilliant addition to the late winter/early spring garden. Best in a warm, sheltered, well-drained, sunny spot against the house wall and out of the rain where you'll ignore it -- it hates to be fussed over. Forms a good clump of evergreen spiked foliage that looks best in fall and winter. Hails form the Mediterranean. Fragrant.

Geogrpahical Origin:
North Africa
Europe and Western Russia
Native Habitat:
Stony, seasonally arid places.

ClassEvergreen  Primary Bloom ColourBlue 
TypePerennial  Secondary Bloom ColourPurple 
Height12-24'  Bloom TimeLate Winter - Early Spring 
Spread8-12'  FragranceYes 
Light ExposureLoves Sun Sun Part Sun  Foliage ColourGreen 
Soil MoistureAverage Dry  Stem Colour 
Hardiness Zone BerriesNo 
BC NativeNo    

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Recommended Companion Plants:
Daphne odora
Helleborus argutifolius "'Silver Lace'"

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