• Iris unguicularis
  • Iris unguicularis
  • Iris unguicularis

Iris unguicularis

Algerian Iris, Winter-Flowering Iris, Winter-Blooming Iris
Size: ex 1.5L pot

Availability: In stock

£7.99

Quick Overview

  • Winter-blooming Iris
  • Exquisite blue flower with white and yellow on the falls
  • Vigourous growth
  • Full sun or damp semi-shade
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Description

Iris unguicularis - whose common name is Algerian Iris although it is found across North Africa and throughout the Eastern Mediterannean including Turkey, Greece, Syria, Lebanon and Israel - was introduced to the UK by William Herbert (1778-1847), MP, botanist and later a vicar whose work on geophytes and, in particular, the Amaryllidaceae, had made him one of the most celebrated horticulturists of his day.

Iris unguicularis distinguishes itself especially by the timing of its flowers and it is the only Iris that blooms in the northern winter. In warm years it can appear as early as October although December is more usual, flowering sporadically over the coldest months. It is hard to overstate just how joyful it is to see these beautiful fragrant flowers in the middle of such grey and dull weather. If planted with autumn flowering bulbs like Lycoris or Nerine there is always the chance that their bloom period may overlap.

The foliage on Iris unguicularis is long and thin and somewhat scrappy and it is often the case that one forgets about them until the flowers appear. Which is just as well as they thrive on neglect, appreciating just being planted in a sunny sheltered spot with a moist soil and then quietly letting them get on with business of clumping up.

Additional Information

Order Asparagales
Family Iridaceae
Sub-Family Iridoideae
Synonyms Iris stylosa, Iris unguicularis f. lilacina, Iris unguicularis f. marginata, Iris unguicularis f. pavonia, Iris unguicularis f. speciosa, Iris unguicularis subsp. unguicularis, Joniris stylosa, Neubeckia stylosa, Siphonostylis unguicularis
Geographical Origin North Africa, Eastern Mediterannean
Cultivation Full sun or partial sun. A warm sheltered spot. Moist but well-drained soil
Eventual Height 40 cm
Eventual Spread 40 cm
Hardiness Frost hardy. Flowers are delicate and can be damaged by frost

Iris unguicularis

Algerian Iris, Winter-Flowering Iris, Winter-Blooming Iris
Size: ex 1.5L pot

Availability: In stock

£7.99
You could receive 20 Palm Points for writing a review and/or rating this product.

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