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Iris reticulata 'Katharine Hodgkin'

Dwarf iris

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Key information

Plant type

Spring-blooming bulb

Flower colour

Blue, White

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

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Plant details

A delightful dwarf iris that is equally at home in the garden or the alpine house. The flowers which are produced in late February and early March are larger than most other dwarf irises. Each delightful creamy white bloom is covered with distinctive blue veining. Plant the bulbs 5-10cm (2-4in) apart at twice their own depth in well-drained, moderately fertile soil in sun or partial shade. To propagate, divide bulbs from mid-summer to early autumn to increase stocks. Surround clumps with a layer of sharp grit to prevent them from being ruined by soil splashed up by rain drops.

Genus: Iris

Species: reticulata

Cultivar: Katharine Hodgkin

Plant type: Spring-blooming bulb

Flower colour: Blue, White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 15cm

Spread: 10cm

Time to divide plants: July to September


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