Iris brevicaulis

Iris brevicaulis

Photo/Illustration: 
Alan Franz
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(Iris brevicaulis)
EYE-riss brev-ih-KAWL-iss
Synonyms:  I. foliosa
Genus:  Iris
This pretty little blue-violet iris with yellow and white falls is native to the central U.S. Its early summer flowers are somewhat hidden among the foliage, as the stems are shorter than the leaves. In the wild, it grows in damp areas. In the garden, it appreciates a moist soil, especially in hot climates. Grow it where its flowers can be seen, such as at the front of a border, in a woodland, or at waterside.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Naturalizes. U.S. native.
Care:  Plant in full sun or partial shade. Appreciates moist soil in areas with hot summers.
Propagation:  Start from seed in a cold frame in fall, or divide plants from mid-summer to early fall.
Problems:  Generally trouble-free.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Spreads
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium to Wet
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Native,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Island Paradise,
Niagara
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower,
Woodland Garden,
Waterside
Style
Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Perennials

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