Iris--TOW foliage

James Waddick
Fri, 12 Mar 2004 06:22:20 PST
>Iris - NOT a genus noted for its beauty of foliage, although there are a few
>exceptions (I. confusa and allies, and some of the variegated ones are OK).

Dear John et al;
	I know this is a taboo topic, but I agree pretty much with 
John. The tatty, down right nasty foliage of most bearded iris during 
most of the garden season is a serious reason for banishing them from 
the garden. There are some gorgeous variegated foliage forms of I 
laevigata (in the pond), I ensata and others.
	I am fond of the giant tufts of I lactea even out of bloom 
and as tan features in the winter garden. In spring the foliage pulls 
off fairly easily as new growth appears.

	Gardeners often forget that after bloom the foliage can hang 
around for a long long time and be an eyesore.

	Hybridizers hardly ever consider foliage characters, or all 
season garden quality, alas.

		best	Jim W.
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