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Black Iris, 'Fairy Land', Winter Iris 'Mary Barnard'

General information
Family: Iridaceae
Plant type: These irises are all evergreen perennials except for the Black Iris which is a herbaceous perennial
Frost tolerances: All are frost hardy except for 'Fairy Land' which should be protected.
Ideal climates: Cool - Sub trop.
Pruning: These irises require no pruning except for the occasional tidy-up.

The Black Iris (also see 'general' info)
Botanical name: Iris Chrysograhes
Plant Size:50-60cm tall x 30cm wide.
Depth and Spacing: Plant with the crown at just below soil surface and space 30cm apart. Will not show any signs till spring. Keep watered
Watering:Water well over Summer.
Flowering time: Late Spr-early Sum.
Preferred Soil: Rich
Preferred Aspect: Full sun
Fertilising: Feed annually in early Spring with a general purpose fertiliser.

Iris 'Fairy Land'(see also 'general info')
Botanical name:Iris Japonica (syn I.fimbriata, I.chinensis)
Flowering time: Late winter - early spring (approximately 5 weeks.)
Size: 40cm tall x 50cm wide.
Preferred Soil: Well mulched & acidic.
Preferred position: Sheltered, semi shade and protected from frosts.
Planting instructions: Plant at same level as in the pot.
Depth and Spacing:50cm apart.
Watering requirements:Keep well watered, do not allow to dry out.
Fertiliser requirements: 2-3 handfuls per square metre.
Frost tolerance: Protect from frosts.
Comments: In general, this iris thrives in 'damp woodlands' conditions.

Winter Iris 'Mary Barnard' (see also 'general info')
Botanical name: Iris unguicularis.
Plant Size: 40cm x 40cm.
Depth and Spacing: Plant with the top of the pot at soil surface level and 40cm apart.
Flowering time: Winter to Spring.
Preferred Soil: Poor and dry is ideal but we've seen it thrive in rich volcanic soils.
Watering: Once established this plant is highly drought tolerant but should be watered well in its first season to help the plant establish itself.
Preferred Aspect: Full sun to light shade.
Fertilising: Only light feeding is required for these plants which come originally from rocky, open and impoverished soils.

Last Reviewed: 13/02/2004 11:30:36 AM
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