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  • Flowering Time
    • March
    • November
  • Planting Time
    • September
    • October
  • Growing
    • Hardy
    • Perennial
  • RHS Recommended
    • Plants for Pollinators
  • Perfect For
    • Cutting
    • Naturalising
    • Pots & Tubs
    • Scented
    • Small Garden & Balcony
  • Flowering Height
    • 35 cm
  • Bulb Size
    • Top Size
  • Colour
    • Blues

Iris Unguicularis

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A welcome sight in the depths of winter, Iris ‘Unguicularis’ generously provides beautiful flowers from November to March. With delicate petals like butterfly wings, the lavender-blue blooms flutter above lance-shaped, evergreen foliage. Brightening bare borders and containers, this variety delivers a dash of colour when it is needed most. The blooms radiate a soft, sweet scent – capitalise on this fragrance by positioning near frequented walkways. ‘Unguicularis’ is native to a dry climate and thrives in light, free-draining soil with a south-facing aspect. Snip the pretty, perfumed blooms as fresh cut flowers to relish some floral joy indoors during the winter months.

Care Guide

Commonly known as the ‘Winter Flowering Iris,’ Iris unguicularis requires a sunny, south-facing spot in the garden.

Light, well-drained soil in beds and borders suits this Mediterranean native best.  Good drainage is essential as waterlogged conditions will lead to rotting.  Add some grit or gravel to planting holes if you garden on heavy clay or consider growing in containers.

Plant rhizomes shallowly in autumn, spaced 25-30cm apart in the soil.  

Beautiful, honey-scented flowers are produced in abundance from November to March.

Cut foliage back in early summer to allow the summer sun to ‘ripen’ the rhizomes, ensuring next season’s flowers.

Congested clumps should be divided and replanted every 3-4 years.

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