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Iris 'Jane Phillips' (TB) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Tufted

Fragrance

Flower

Toxicity

Ingestion may cause severe discomfort

Resilience

Hardiness

H7 (very hardy)

Colour

Flower

White and Pale Blue in Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

iris 'Jane Phillips'

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

Tall Bearded irises are herbaceous rhizomatous perennials to 70cm or more, with flowers 10-20cm across, bearded on the falls, in late spring and early summer

'Jane Phillips' is an herbaceous perennial to 1m in height with greyish foliage and light blue scented flowers in early summer, the falls whitish with darker veins at the base and a white beard

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained, fertile, neutral to slightly acid soil in full sun

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid or Neutral
  • Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by division of rhizomes from midsummer to early autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Cut Flowers


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

Prone to slugs, snails and thrips

Diseases

May be affected by grey moulds; some resistance to a leaf spot