Two more iris events

Jim McKenney
Thu, 11 Mar 2010 11:25:56 PST
The reticulate iris hybrid ‘Natascha’ is blooming now in one of the frames.
It gets smaller yearly but still blooms. I’ve asked this question before,
but I don’t think I ever got an answer: is this cultivar in some way derived
from Iris vartanii? It reminds me of that species in some ways.  


Another interesting iris is also beginning to bloom: Iris tuberosa
(Hermodactylus tuberosus). I’ve seen some hardiness claims for this plant
which I now regard as fantastic. I can’t keep it going in the open garden
here in zone 7 Maryland, but it thrives in a cold frame. Has anyone else
been able to establish this plant in the garden in zones 7, 6 or colder?
It’s a really striking flower, well worth a bit of trouble. 


Jim McKenney

Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, 39.03871º North, 77.09829º West, USDA zone

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