It might sound like something out of the Jurassic period, but hermodactylus is far from being a dinosaur! Botanists reclassified this species, shifting it from the genus Iris, and when you look at the blooms, you’ll be able to see why it once fell within this genus. The common names “Widow’s Iris” and “Snake’s Head Iris” might ring a bell, but they don’t do justice to this plant’s unusual and rather beautiful blooms. The best thing about hermodactylus is its early flowering. Late winter isn’t too soon for it to begin blooming, and if it’s running a little late, early spring flowers are a certainty. Choose it for its flowering season and good looks and love it for its durability and reliability. It will settle into most gardens quite happily, forming ever-thickening clumps as the years pass!