The rich blues and violets of this dwarf iris are a welcome sight at the beginning of the year. Plant them near the house so this early flowering extravaganza can be fully appreciated following the dull winter months.
Flower beds, border edges, rock gardens, window boxes, pots and containers. Due to its small size it is ideal for planting at the front of a border, among other low growing plants or with other low-growing early flowering bulbs.
Plant dormant bulbs in the autumn.
Easy to grow, requiring very little care and attention.
No pruning necessary. Remove dead flower heads and allow leaves to die back naturally.
Generally disease free. Protect emerging shoots from slugs and snails.
Sow seed under glass in autumn or spring. The bulbs can also be lifted separated in early autumn. Replant the larger bulbs immediately where they are to flower. Plant-up any smaller bulbs (offsets) in a nursery bed to bring them on to maturity.
There are a number of hybrid forms available including:
'j.s. dijt' with a spotted rich orange centre.
'Cantab' with large pale blue flowers.
'Katharine's Gold' white flowers with yellow falls and blue freckles.
'Katharine Hodgkin' pale blue-grey flowers with intricate markings.