Iris hybrid (Siberian)
Bulbs and bulblike plants, Perennials, Flowers
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 (Siberian)
The most widely sold members of this group are named hybrids derived from Iris sibirica and Iris sanguinea (formerly Iris orientalis)—species native to Europe, Asia. Clumps of narrow, almost grasslike leaves (deciduous in winter) produce slender stems to 4 ft. high (depending on variety), each bearing two to five blossoms with upright standards and flaring to drooping falls. Colors include white and shades of blue, lavender, purple, wine, pink, and light yellow.
Give plants full sun (partial or dappled shade where summer is hot), neutral to acid soil. Set rhizomes 1 to 2 in. deep, 1 to 2 ft. apart. In cold-winter regions, plant in early spring or late summer; plant in autumn in milder regions. Water liberally from the onset of growth until several weeks after bloom. Divide infrequently—when clumps show hollow centers—at best planting time for your region.
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