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Iris magnifica
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magnificent iris

I. magnifica is a bulbous perennial to 50cm in height, with arching, glossy green leaves and 2-6 pale lilac flowers 8cm in width from the leaf axils in late spring, the falls near-white with a yellow centre line

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0–0.1 metre
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Blue White Yellow Green
Summer Green
Autumn
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or North–facing or West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Iridaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Tufted
Potentially harmful
Ingestion may cause severe discomfort. Wear gloves and wash hands after handling
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

Name status

Correct

Plant range
C Asia

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained neutral or slightly alkaline soil. Take care not to damage the fleshy roots when transplanting

Propagation

Propagate by seed, sown in pots in a cold frame in autumn or spring. Lift and separate bulbs in early autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Rock garden
  • Patio and container plants
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Susceptible to slug and damage by snails

Diseases

Generally disease free

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