Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Iris japonica

Iris japonica Japanese Iris
This Iris is one of those very hardy spreading plants which is great to cover some ground under trees where it may be a bit on the dry side or under shrubs such as Camellias .At this time of year it sends up a 30cm stem holding a cluster of delicate pale ice blue flowers with a distinctive yellow crest.It spreads by means of thin wiry stems usually just under the surface of the leaf mold or mulch. The new plants can be broken off or the whole plant can be divided every few years . It is very easy to grow and undemanding as to water or fertilizer though a side dressing of blood and bone after flowering will keep it happy.
2017 update: I no longer grow it.

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