Iris reticulata

Scientific name: Iris reticulata


Common names: “violet scented iris” “early bulbous iris”

Plant Type: Bulb


Zone: 5-8

Light: Full sun – light shade

Exposure: Exposed or sheltered

Soil: Moderately fertile, sandy, neutral – alkaline soil

Moisture: Winter moisture, summer drought


Plant Size: H 4-6″ W 2-3″

Leaf and Stem shape: Narrow, stiffy erect leaves

Flower: Fragrant, deep violet-purple flowers, each fall marked with a central yellow ridge

Pruning: N/a

Maintenance: Low

Landscape use: Plant under shrubs, flower beds, container plant

Propagate: By seed

Pests & Disease: None in Victoria, but snails and slugs

Comments: Naturalize but not very well, harbinger of Spring

Cultivars: Iris ‘Katherin Hodgkin’ (Reticulata)  ~ AGM winner



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