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Iris 'Arctic Fancy' (IB)

iris 'Arctic Fancy'

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  • Other common names iris 'Arctic Fancy'

  • Family Iridaceae

  • Genus Iris may be rhizomatous or bulbous perennials, with narrow leaves and erect stems bearing flowers with 3 large spreading or pendent fall petals, alternating with 3 erect, often smaller, standard petals, in late winter, spring or early summer

  • Horticultural Group Intermediate Bearded irises are deciduous rhizomatous perennials, growing between 40 and 70cm tall, with sword-shaped light glaucous green leaves and erect stems bearing flowers 10-13cm across, bearded on the falls, in late spring and early summer

  • Details 'Arctic Fancy' is a rhizomatous perennial to 45cm high with greyish-green sword-like foliage. Flowers, produced from late spring to early summer have white waved standards with broad violet margins, white falls with a narrow violet edge, dark veins fading into white and a white beard with a yellow tip

Characteristics

  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Clump-forming

  • Toxicity All parts may cause severe discomfort if ingested

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H7

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Exposed or Sheltered

Soil

  • Sand

    Sand

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Loam

    Loam

  • MoistureWell-drained

  • SoilSand, Chalk, Loam

  • pHAlkaline, Acid, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height 0.1-0.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread 0.1-0.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in well-drained preferably neutral to alkaline soil in full sun but acid soils are tolerated if well-drained

Propagation Propagate by dividing iris rhizomes from midsummer to early autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types Cut Flowers Flower borders and beds Wall-side Borders City & Courtyard Gardens Coastal Cottage & Informal Garden

How to care

Pruning Remove any dying foliage in autumn, old flower stems can be cut down after flowering

Pests Slugs and snails damage leaves, flowers and rhizomes; aphids and thrips may be a problem

Diseases Iris diseases (leaf spot, ink disease, rhizome rot and a virus) may be problematic

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