Iris lazica

Tony Avent
Wed, 08 Feb 2012 12:58:23 PST

Fascinating.  Any idea of the minimum lows without snow during that time?

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
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-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Dennis Kramb
Sent: Wednesday, February 08, 2012 3:54 PM
To: Pacific Bulb Society
Subject: Re: [pbs] Iris lazica

I've grown Iris cretensis (aka: Iris unguiculares ssp cretensis) in the ground in southwestern Ohio for about 9 years.  It has dwindled recently due to competition from other perennials, but it's delightful when it's warm enough to bloom on Christmas Day and New Years day.  No other iris I've grown comes close to blooming that time of year.  The big flush comes in March.  Bill Shearer of Virginia taught me it was cold hardy about 10 years ago, and I've been delighted ever since.

I should note that my clumps are within a few feet of the house... so they are getting some added protection from that.

Dennis in Cincy (Zone 6-ish)

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