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Iris brevicaulis

Iris brevicaulis

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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 CharacteristicsNaturalizes. U.S. native.

CarePlant in full sun or partial shade. Appreciates moist soil in areas with hot summers.

PropagationStart from seed in a cold frame in fall, or divide plants from mid-summer to early fall.

ProblemsGenerally trouble-free.

  • Genus : Iris
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer, Summer
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Moisture : Medium to Wet
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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