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Iris hybrid (Pacific Coast)

Pacific Coast Iris
Iridaceae
Perennials

IRIS

A large and remarkably diverse group of 200 to 300 species, varying in flower color and form, cultural needs, and blooming periods (although the majority flower in spring or early summer). Leaves are swordlike or grasslike. Flowers (fragrant, in many kinds) are showy and complex in structure.

Iris hybrid (Pacific Coast)

Eleven species native to the Pacific Coast states constitute a homogeneous group within the genus Iris, from which breeders have developed hybrids in a broad range of colors and patterns; flowers may be white, blue shades, pink, copper, brown, maroon, violet—many with elaborate veining or patterning. Foliage is narrow; clumps are like coarse grass. Slender flower stems reach 8–24 in., depending on the variety.

Best conditions are sun to light shade, well-drained soil, moderate to scant water in summer. Intense heat coupled with water and poor drainage can be fatal; in clay soil, grow in raised beds in organically amended soil. Plant from containers any time, though spring and fall are best, Timing is critical in digging, dividing, and replanting. The best moment is when new roots are starting to form (scrape away soil at the plant base to check); this ranges from early fall in colder regions to midwinter in mild-winter areas.

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