• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Iris danfordiae

  • Synonyms Iris reticulata 'Danfordiae'

  • 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

  • Details I. danfordiae is a small, bulbous perennial growing to 10cm tall. In early spring, a single, yellow, scented flower is borne with tiny brown or green speckles on each fall. Narrow, four-sided leaves are short at flowering but then elongate reaching up to 30cm long

  • Plant range Turkey

Characteristics

  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Columnar/Upright

  • Fragrance Flower

  • Toxicity Ingestion may cause severe discomfort

  • 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)

    H6

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect South-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Exposed or Sheltered

Soil

  • Sand

    Sand

  • Loam

    Loam

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • MoistureWell-drained

  • SoilSand, Loam, Chalk

  • pHNeutral, Alkaline

Size

  • Ultimate height Up to 10 cm

  • Ultimate spread 0-0.1 metre

  • Time to ultimate height 2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grows best in an open, sunny well-drained site. Produces many small bulblets and should be planted deeper than other Reticulata irises to maintain bulbs at flowering size

Propagation Propagate by seed or from offsets; see bulb propagation

Suggested planting locations and garden types Rock Garden Patio & Container Plants Gravel Garden

How to care

Pruning None required

Pests Generally trouble free

Diseases Generally trouble free

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