First Flowers of Flat Iris

Late December marks our first flowering of Iris planifolia. This odd native to Southern Europe and Northern Africa has a similar distribution to the better-known Iris unguicularis, but this Iris belongs to the group, known as Juno or bulbous iris. These deciduous iris are extremely sensitive to summer moisture, which is why this resides in our crevice garden. The specific epithet “planifolia” means flat leaves. This seed grown specimen has taken almost five years to flower.

Iris planifolia

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