Large, showy flowers of lavender-blue to purple open above leaves which are very slender for an iris, the plant often being mistaken for grass when not in bloom! Its rhizomes spread slowly, causing the plant to grow in a tight clump. Native to south-western Washington and north-western Oregon, its species name, tenax, means "tough" and refers to the strong, fibrous leaves of the plant, which were used by indigenous peoples for braiding into snares and other cordage.
Sow immediately at any time onto preferably a soil-based compost, covering with fine grit to approximately their own depth. Germination MAY be quicker if kept at 15 to 20 degrees C. but many seeds WILL NOT come up the year they are sown, needing winter chilling after sowing, and ONLY come up with natural spring germination.
Common name:Tough-leaved Iris, Oregon Iris
Classification:Hardy bulb, Hardy perennial
Packet Content:10 (Approx)