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Californian Iris

californian-iris-bare-roote-resizedCalifornian iris, also referred to as Pacific coast iris, are native iris of the west coast of the US They are, in general, evergreen and form small, compact plants that send up flowering spikes from early to mid spring. Foliage varies in height from 20cm to 45cm. Bloom sits beautifully above the foliage.

While they are found in the foothills of higher ranges, Californian Iris are not alpine plants. They prefer high winter and early spring rain followed by long dryish summers. They tolerate cold in the winter and relish heat in the summer. While full sun is satisfactory in all but the hottest climates, most of these iris will grow best in a semi-shaded position.

Care must be taken when dividing and replanting to have only young divisions and only when the new white roots are forming in late autumn, early winter. (mid May to early June). When planting it is very important not to let the root system dry out, and once planted the ground should be kept damp until the plants are actively growing.

Feeding Californian iris consist of a 9 month slow-release fertilizer in mid to late May and then a light feed with a general rose food in early spring.

Californian iris can be used extensively in different garden situations. They can be used to give spectacular displays over a long period either as mass plantings in large garden beds or as long rows along paths or driveways. They are also great as feature or spot plantings among other perennials or annuals, they shine like beacons. Another great use is under planting for standardised plants in circular or square beds.

Because these iris grow so well in pots, they can be grown to large potted specimens or used as companion plants in pots of various sizes with other perennials or annuals.
Plants come in a wide range of warm and cool colours – yellow, orange, gold, russet, red, white, shades of blue, violet and purple through to black. There are also pink, apricot, mauve, peach , orchid and heliotrope. With their veining and signal patches many of the Californian Iris are bicolours and bitones Blending and contrasting styles also add to the beauty.

PLEASE NOTE: Bare rooted Californian iris for sending out in the post between MAY – JUNE 2015 will be advertised separately.