Judy, I'm not fond of the foliage of these plants, but like the blooms quite a bit. They could last longer... I have a bulb of it here in Washington, DC, that has survived in my back yard garden for years - at least since 1997 - through summer drought, winters warm & dry, cold & wet. In fact, I wasn't too sure what it was until it bloomed this past spring. Previously I had them for a single season in the front yard garden, as they'd been somehow put into a lot of mixed Crocus corms! The ones in front are long gone, as I removed them. Don't remember now if the one in back was intentional or an accidental planting. It was a gorgeous blue in bloom. It's on a slight berm, which helps it to stay drained, about 5 inches (12.5 cm) down, and comes up in fall with foliage that increases in late winter into spring. Now that I know what it is I'll fertilize it a bit. After a low of 20 it struggled to reach 32 F°/0° C here today, but the Dutch iris foliage was unscathed. Mark Wilcox On Wed, 7 Jan 2004 11:37:22 -0500, Judy Glattstein wrote: >I discuss Dutch iris in Texas in the manuscript of my bulb book. Now Timber >Press wants to know about growing them in the South/ Southeast. Anyone out >there who has successfully grown them for more than one season in North >Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Missouri, anywhere?