Iris question

Jim McKenney
Mon, 14 Jun 2004 07:25:37 PDT
John, this one is newish to me, too. I've had it for only two years, but so
far it seems to be easy to grow. However, my plants have not flowered
freely, although they do bloom. And they are a bit taller than the 4"-5"
you mention - more like 8"-10" here. 

The flowers are potently fragrant: I can catch the fragrance yards away. 

One other surprise: the bulbs are small, long and narrow - not what anyone
who already knows irises of the Scorpiris group would expect.

One more thing: evidently this species is not touchy about summer moisture. 

Check out the history of this species: it's a relatively recent discovery
and to me it's amazing that it's already in the mass distribution bulb
catalogs. Someone obviously knows very well what they are doing!

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7 where I would say to Jane or
Mark "juno know more about this than I do, why didn't you respond?" (That
will make more sense if you use the Latin pronunciation for juno).

At 06:14 AM 6/14/2004 -0700, you wrote:
>I saw an iris new to me in a catalog and wondered what
>kind of conditions it needs. It is Iris cycloglossa.
>It's listed with the Rockgarden iris. Does it have
>short flowers and tall leaves like the reticulatas?
>The catalog says it blooms in May/June, 4-5". That's
>too late to plant back in the bed to hide the foliage
>as everything is pretty well started by then. 
>Any and all help is appreaciated. Thanks.
>John Ingram in L.A., CA. 
> check it out 
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