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Iris versicolor 'Kermesina'

iris 'Kermesina'

'Kermesina' is a perennial to 80cm in height with lance-shaped grey-green leaves. Each branched stem has up to five, beardless, reddish-purple flowers with yellow and white veining. Flowers from early to midsummer

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Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Clay
Loam
Moisture
Poorly–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green Grey Silver
Summer Purple Green Grey Silver
Autumn Green Grey Silver
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H7
Botanical details
Family
Iridaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Clump forming
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

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

This cultivar is perfect for planting at sunny pond margins and boggy conditions. Plant in deep, moist to wet, humus-rich acidic soil. Will not tolerate dying out

Propagation

Propagate by division of rhizomes in autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Coastal
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Low Maintenance
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Garden edging
  • Wall side borders
Pruning

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

Pests

Susceptible to slugs, snails and thrips

Diseases

Generally disease free

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