One of the most spectacular members of the iris family, this spectacular flower opens its ivory-white petals to reveal an attractive combination of yellow and purple within. In a well-drained spot it slowly makes a clump of very erect, bluish-green leaves which will produce a seemingly endless supply of flowers, opening day after day throughout spring and summer. They perform best when planted in well-composted, slightly acid soil which does not completely dry out.
Sow seeds at any time covering them with compost or grit 5mm deep, keeping the seed pot in a cool, well-lit spot outdoors. Artificial heat is not needed and can prevent germination so be very patient as many species will only germinate in the spring after chilling or freezing in the moist seed tray in the winter. Grow on individual seedlings in small pots until of sufficient size to be potted on or planted out into the open ground.
Common name:Wild Iris, Wood Iris
Classification:Hardy bulb, Hardy perennial