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Tuesday, March 27, 2012
More on Irises for Florida
This petite beauty is a giant.
Giant Apostles' Iris Neomarica caerulea 'Regina'. Giant must refer to the height of its foliage because the small flowers are only about 2.5-3" across when fully opened.
Wider than typical iris blades stand a solid 3 feet tall in vertical formation of bluish-green foliage.
Each bud takes its time in the morning hours to unfold its way into full glory. Every curled up petal is just as stunning as the final display.
Exotic features with specks, stripes, spots, veins, depth, texture, purple-blue, brown, white, lavender will put a song in your heart along the way.
Although it repeatedly blooms on the same stalk each one only lasts a day. It will 'walk' as the blade becomes heavy bending toward the ground and roots to form another plant. Mine are growing effortlessly without any special attention in filtered light.
This one gets me all gushy over it so I've photographed it numerous times which you can see here for more.
Neomarica caerulea 'Gracilis' is very different in stature from 'Regina' with much shorter, glossy, bright green foliage. The bloom time is similar as well as the walking habit to produce new plants. I like using this one to fill in spaces where caladiums will come up in between. That way there is something green growing in the space when the caladiums fade away.
Neomarica longifolia has very different characteristics from 'Gracilis' and 'Regina'. It has dull almost ripply or puckery foliage at heights of about 2' and the yellow flower is smaller. It can tolerate heavy shade and will walk to produce nice size clumps that bloom almost all year long. This is the newest one to my garden passed along to me from my sweet elderly neighbor.
I couldn't leave out the trusty African Irises even though I recently featured them in their very own blog post which you can read here if you missed it. Love them! Use them in planting beds or in containers.
Which iris only blooms for a couple of weeks (at best) and decided to pop out a few days early to greet the beginning of spring?
Louisiana Iris 'Sinfonietta' in all her brilliant bluish-purple array. I've gone on and on about my admiration for her short lived blooms over the years. Be sure to notice the bee butts as you scroll down through the photos. The little cuties crawl in and out moving around the flower until they fly to the next.
You can get all the scoop on her here and read what I've written in past posts if you'd like more growing information on Louisiana Iris.
Which irises are you growing in Florida? Or wherever you are?