Iris bucharica


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Plant type

Spring-blooming bulb

Flower colour






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photo by Martin Hughes-Jones, copyright GAP Photos (241192)

Plant details

This choice spring-flowering iris produces white flowers with yellow falls at the top of leafy stems. It's a vigorous plant that grows wild in North-East Afghanistan and Central Asia. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it their prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM) in recognition of its outstanding excellence. Plant bulbs 10-15cm (4-6in) apart and twice their height deep. After flowering, feed with a high potash fertiliser, such as tomato feed, to encourage large bulbs to form. Lift and separate bulbs in autumn.

Family: Iridaceae

Genus: Iris

Species: bucharica

Plant type: Spring-blooming bulb

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 40cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to divide plants: August to September

Reader reviews


After buying a pot of these beautiful iris a couple of years ago from a market stall in Lymington, I planted them in my sandy well drained soil and they have gone from strength to strength.They require little attention and have increased in number. Admittedly I live in east DORSET and my garden gets parched and the weather's milder but these iris are a true spring gem.

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