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Iris chrysographes AGM

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© Mike L. Grant 2001

Characteristics

Plant type

Herbaceous Perennial or Bog

Habit

Clump-forming

Fragrance

Flower

Toxicity

All parts may cause severe discomfort if ingested; contact with the sap may irritate skin

Resilience

Hardiness

H7 (very hardy)

Colour

Flower

Dark Purple and Dark Red in Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

gold-marked iris

Family

Iridaceae


Iris may be rhizomatous or bulbous perennials, with narrowly leaves and erect stems bearing flowers with 3 large spreading or pendent fall petals, alternating with 3 erect, often smaller, standard petals, in late winter, spring or early summer

I. chrysographes is an herbaceous perennial to 50cm, with narrow, grey-green leaves and slightly fragrant deep red-purple flowers 5-10cm in width in early summer, marked with gold on the falls

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained, neutral to slightly acid loam in full sun or partial shade. Mulch in spring

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained or Poorly-drained
  • Neutral or Acid
  • Loam

Propagation

Propagate by division from midsummer to early autumn, plant immediately in flowering positions

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Cottage/Informal Garden or Flower borders and beds


How to care

Pruning

Remove any dying foliage in autumn, old flower stems can be cut down after flowering. Tall varieties can have their leaf fans trimmed to one third of the total height to reduce wind rock while the plants are establishing

Pests

Slugs and snails may be a problem, sawflies can damage the leaves

Diseases

May be affected by aphid borne virus diseases, bacterial soft rot and grey moulds