Large, deep bluish-purple flowers, with yellow and white crests on the falls open on low-growing, sprawling stems. Sometimes called the short-stemmed iris, because long, strap-like leaves often hide the blooms. This unusual Missouri native, good for fresh-cut flowers, is often found in the wild along streams and in woodland valleys or even growing in swamps and wet meadows.
For best results, sow immediately onto a good soil-based compost. Cover the seeds with fine grit or compost to approximately their own depth. They can be sown at any time, and germination can sometimes be quicker if kept at 15 to 20 degrees C. We sow most seeds in an unheated greenhouse and wait for natural germination, as many seeds have built-in dormancy mechanisms, often waiting for natural spring germination, hence giving them a full season of growth.
Common name:Zig-Zag Iris, short-stemmed iris