Iris unguicularis 'Mary Barnard'
Algerian iris 'Mary Barnard'
'Mary Barnard' is an evergreen perennial with narrow, dark green leaves and very fragrant, rich violet flowers in mid-winter or early spring
Ultimate height0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height2–5 years
Ultimate spread0.1–0.5 metres
Colour & scent
- Full sun
ExposureExposed or Sheltered
- Native to the UK
- Potentially harmful
- Ingestion may cause severe discomfort. Wear gloves and wash hands after handling
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
How to grow
Grow in sharply-drained, neutral to alkaline soil; ideal for the base of a sunny wall where ground is dry and stony
Propagate by division of rhizomes from midsummer to early autumn
Suggested planting locations and garden types
- Rock garden
- Flower borders and beds
- Wall side borders
Remove any dying foliage, old flower stems can be cut down after flowering
May be affected by grey moulds
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