Sprays of remarkable, frilly, purple-speckled flowers, that have both mottling and deeper purple on the falls, with undulate edges and superb fringed, yellow style crests, open on tall, many-branched stems. This extremely beautiful Himalayan species is only very rarely found or offered in cultivation. It grows from fat rhizomes, and these do not resemble the other irises, such as I.tectorum and japonicum in the Evansia group to which it belongs, but these rhizomes grow and multiply well. It is easy on any sunny, freely drained soil, although it flowers best in cooler, peaty or leafy soils.
For best results, sow seeds 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. However, we sow most seeds in an unheated greenhouse and wait for natural germination as many seeds have built-in dormancy mechanisms, and often wait for spring before emerging regardless of when they are sown. But spring sowing will obviously give them a full season of growth if successful germination occurs.
Packet Content:5 (Approx)