Iris wilsonii

Iris wilsonii

Habitat: Moist well drained soils in full sun Description and Distribution: A dwarf species found in the south west China provinces of Gansu, Hubei, Shaanxi, Sichuan and Yunnan. Flower is yellow with brown veining over darker yellow spot on falls. Background: Mr. E....
Iris vicaria

Iris vicaria

Description and Distribution: From the Pamir-Altai Mtns of Central Asia, including Tajiikistan and Uzbecistan. It is a medium to tall plant with flowers that are pale bluish violet, veined darker with a yellow or whitish crest and a yellow blotch. Background: We are...
Iris versicolor ‘kermesina’

Iris versicolor ‘kermesina’

Habitat: This iris is suitable for small or shallow ponds and can also be grown as a waterside or bog plant. We don’t have a pond or bog so we get around this by growing it in a large pot sunk into the ground with restricted drainage. Description and Distribution: A...
Iris unguicularis

Iris unguicularis

Habitat: It grows best in a dry, sunny and well-drained position. Dry soil seems to be particularly important in summertime, and they seem to prefer alkaline conditions. Description and Distribution: Native to Greece, Turkey, Western Syria, and Tunisia. Flower appear...
Iris tenax

Iris tenax

Habitat: Open or lightly shaded sites in moist soil. Once the clup is established “normal ” seasonal rainfall will be sufficient. Description and Distribution: A dwarf species (30cm) from Washington and Oregon states. Flower can vary a fair bit depending upon where...
Iris taurica

Iris taurica

Also listed as Iris pumila subsp. taurica Habitat: Seeds of this iris were collected in Crimea. Description and Distribution: As per comments made for Iris pumila. Background: The collector indicates that it is a seperate species to I. pumila. RHS recognises it as a...
Iris spuria

Iris spuria

General Comments: This group are native to central and southern Europe and from Algeria to Iran. It is one of the tallest members of the iris family, with stems typically rising to 90cm (occasionally to 1.5m’) tall. Stalk height is often reduced in cold winter...
Iris sintenisii

Iris sintenisii

Habitat: A semi woodland species in the wild but quite adaptable on any well-drained soil, in sun or semi shade, and without too much competition. Description and Distribution A dwarf species to a height of 30cm. Background: Named after Paul Sintensis (1847-1907) was...
Iris schachtii ‘yellow form’

Iris schachtii ‘yellow form’

Habitat: It likes full sun, good drainage and quite a dry summer dormancy. Description and Distribution: Found in central and eastern Turkey. Dwarf species, flowers yellow. There is also a purple flowered variety. Background: This iris is named for German botanist...
Iris reticulata

Iris reticulata

Habitat: Iris reticulata, commonly called reticulated iris, is a bulbous perennial iris that is native to Turkey and the Caucasus region. The species name of reticulata is in reference to the netted or reticulate pattern on the dry bulbs. Easily grown in average,...
Iris pumila

Iris pumila

Habitat: It does well in gravelly soils in full sun. Description and Distribution A variable dwarf species that can range in colour from yellow to blue, purple to red purple. Colour generally relates to the particular area of origin. One flower per stem, however, as...
Iris palaestinia

Iris palaestinia

Habitat: Stoney soils in full sun. Description and Distribution: Similar to the better known and more decorative I. planifolia, but a little shorter and having generaly white tinged blue flowers, though  blue forms are not so uncommon in the wild.  Flowers very early...
Iris missouriensis

Iris missouriensis

Habitat: It needs moist soil in full sun. Description and Distribution: Wild Iris typically has leaves and flower stalk about a foot tall, but it is not uncommon to find it growing to two feet tall.  Flowers are typically about three inches in diameter.  As is true of...
Iris macrosiphon

Iris macrosiphon

Habitat: It likes full sun to part shade with regular watering during the growing season. It does best with some organic matter, leaf mulch, on soil. Description and Distribution: From northern and central California. Name by American botanist Professor John Torrey,...
Iris magnifica ‘agalik’

Iris magnifica ‘agalik’

Habitat: Rocky soils in full sun. Description and Distribution: Is a hardy cultivar that grows 40-60 cm collected by Jánis Rukšáns in the Serawschan Range of Uzbekistan in 1977. Leaves 3-5cm wide, lustrous, well spaced out on the stem. Flowers to 7.5cm in diameter, up...
Iris lutescens

Iris lutescens

Habitat: Medium to light loam soils in full sun. Description and Distribution: Eastern Spain, along the French Mediterranean to north west Italy.  It is a spreading rhizomatous perennial to 30cm tall, with erect, sword-shaped leaves and yellow or purple flowers 7cm...
Iris lazica

Iris lazica

Habitat: Grow in part shade and moist, slightly alkaline soil. Good for moist border or woodland garden. Description and Distribution: Native to coastal areas of the Black Sea in Turkey and Georgia. It is a spring flowering evergreen, rhizomatous perennial to 25cm in...
Iris lactustris

Iris lactustris

Habitat: Moist sandy soil in full sun Description and Distribution This miniature iris grows in the Great Lakes Region between Canada and the USA. It has very small and thin, shallow, yellow rhizomes or underground stems. The slender rhizomes produce fans of flattened...
Iris histrioides ‘major’

Iris histrioides ‘major’

Habitat: Light sandy soil in full sun Description and Distribution Is a dwarf, bulbous iris to 20cm in height in flower with linear, 4-angled leaves and large deep blue flowers, marked with yellow on the falls, in early spring Availability: From most mail order bulb...
Iris histrioides ‘george’

Iris histrioides ‘george’

Habitat: Light sandy soil in full sun Description and Distribution Is a dwarf, bulbous iris to 12cm in height in flower, with linear leaves and fragrant, deep violet-purple flowers 8cm across, marked with yellow in the falls, in early spring Availability: From most...