Iris lazica

Tony Avent
Wed, 08 Feb 2012 18:34:28 PST

Great information.   The variegated tetrapanax root suckers green, so it would be a nightmare unless it could be grafted.

Tony Avent
Plant Delights Nursery @
Juniper Level Botanic Garden
9241 Sauls Road
Raleigh, North Carolina  27603  USA
Minimum Winter Temps 0-5 F
Maximum Summer Temps 95-105F
USDA Hardiness Zone 7b
phone 919 772-4794
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"I consider every plant hardy until I have killed it least three times" - Avent
-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of James Waddick
Sent: Wednesday, February 08, 2012 4:44 PM
To: Pacific Bulb Society
Subject: Re: [pbs] Iris lazica

>Did I understand that you are growing Iris unguicularis and I.
>lazica in the ground?  If so, what temps have these survived without
>snow cover and how many years have you had them in the ground?

Dear Tony,
        If you are astounded so am I. They are both in the ground and
both have bloomed last year. Both were planted as established plants
grown in the cool gh for a year, then planted out in our clay soils
on a south facing slope near the house and given a light airy mulch
of dry leaves, or pine straw this 'winter'. I think this is their 3rd
year, but 2nd winter to bloom in the ground. Last winter got to -6 F
and extended number of days below both 0 and more below freezing.
Really pretty harsh for us lately. We had quite a bit of damage on
some marginal plants, but not on these two.

        Last year we added I cretensis which is also looking pretty
good, but may be too small to flower.  Thanks Jane.

        Buds have emerged from their sheaths on I unguiculares
recently, but no progress yet on I lazica. We expect it will bloom
fine, too.

        Both plants came from Wildwood Gardens of Will Plotner in OR.…
Will hand carried plants to us during the AIS convention in spring

        We tried these in other spots before, but seem to have found
the microclimate they tolerate. Fingers remain crossed, but shows the
truth behind believing in hardiness until you have killed it 3 x -or
more. These are both in front of a lovely and also "tender' bed of
Tetrapanax papyriferus. Wonderful plant. Just want a variegated

                Best            Jim W.

Dr. James W. Waddick
8871 NW Brostrom Rd.
Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
Ph.    816-746-1949
Zone 5 Record low -23F
        Summer 100F +

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