Iris reticulata
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Iris reticulata

Iris reticulata

"Blue dwarf iris"

Iris reticulata

20 bulbs — £4.60

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Orders placed before 1 September 2024
You can expect your order in September 2024

Orders placed 1 September - 15 October 2024
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Description

Prepare your garden for a bright and early spring start by planting Iris reticulata bulbs this autumn. There’s no need to wait all the way until April for colour to burst forth from your borders when these little gems are willing to pop up and show their cheery faces on those cold, short days in February. After new year, it can feel like a long slog through the rest of winter, but these definitely bring a bucket load of spring optimism. It’s difficult to describe how much pleasure Iris reticulata brings at that time of year so it’s best you try some for yourself!

Also known as blue dwarf iris, Iris reticulata is naturally a small plant. Flowering in late winter, it has a gutsy spirit which isn’t at all dampened by freezing temperatures. See these blue irises shine in the winter sun, or let them light up a dull day. Show them off in pots, window boxes or raised planters to give them some extra height so you can easily admire their incredible detail and catch their delicate scent. Iris reticulata are also lovely planted in groups in borders, rockeries and gravel gardens.

Even if you already knew what to expect, you won’t be able to resist Oohing and Ah-ing as the breathtaking blooms of Iris reticulata begin to open. They’re the classic blue-purple dwarf iris with intricate gold and white markings highlighting the outer petals. As species types, they have a good chance of settling in to your garden, but Iris reticulata do need well drained soil and relatively dry conditions in dormancy. Even if they were only to last a year, you’d consider planting Iris reticulata to have been more than worthwhile. Mass these blue dwarf irises for a splendid effect or combine them with snowdrops for a symphony in blue and white.

Key features

  • Perfect for pots

  • Comes back every year

  • Loved by pollinators

  • Naturalising

  • Thrives well in full sun

  • Packed in paper bags

  • Low maintenance

  • RHS Award (AGM)

  • Fully hardy

  • Rodent resistant

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Iris reticulata

  • Flower colour

    Purple

  • Bulb size

    6/+

  • Established height

    10-20cm

  • Established spread

    5-10cm

  • Plant spacing

    120 bulbs per m2

  • Leaf colour

    Green

  • Habit

    Upright
    Clump-forming

  • Life cycle

    Perennial
    Naturalising

  • Hardiness

    Fully hardy

  • Years to establish

    1st year

  • Sunlight

    Full sun

  • Position

    Sheltered
    Exposed

  • Suitable for

    Pots
    Large containers
    Borders
    Gravel gardens
    Coastal gardens
    Rockery
    Cottage gardens
    Low maintenance gardens

  • Soil acidity

    Any

  • Soil moisture

    Free draining

  • Soil type

    Loam
    Sandy
    Stony
    Loam-based compost
    Multipurpose compost

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented

    No

  • Pollinator-friendly

    No

  • Mouse resistant

    Yes

  • Rabbit resistant

    Yes

  • Deer resistant

    No

  • Toxicity

    Skin/eyes irritant
    Harmful if eaten

Plant calendar

JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSepOctNovDec
  • Planting
  • Flowering

Useful information

    • Plant your Iris reticulata bulbs from mid to late autumn;

    • Plant in borders or containers in sun or partial shade;

    • Plant your "Blue dwarf iris" bulbs two to three times as deep as the bulb is high;

    • Space the bulbs about twice the bulb diameter apart;

    • Place the Iris reticulata bulbs with the pointed side facing upwards.

    Read all planting & care instructions

  • Orders placed before 1 September 2024
    You can expect your order in September 2024

    Orders placed 1 September - 15 October 2024
    You can expect your order in October 2024

    Orders placed 16 October - 15 December 2024
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

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