Iris question

Jane McGary
Mon, 14 Jun 2004 09:16:42 PDT
Iris cycloglossa, although a member of the Scorpiris (Juno) section, does 
not require the very dry summer conditions normally associated with these 
plants. According to references, it grows on gravel bars along rivers, 
where it presumably has some moisture at all times. This moist, constantly 
mobile environment no doubt explains its long, thin rhizomes, adapted to 
frequent burying and relocation, like those of Lilium pardalinum.

I have grown it for a number of years, but it doesn't do particularly well 
here, and I attribute this to a probably preference for a serious winter 
dormancy, which it doesn't get here. The flower is lavender and rather 
narrow, and the leaves are also narrow for a Juno.

Jane McGary
Northwestern Oregon

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