Soft lemon standards and falls with lilac venation. Dwarf Iris ‘Katharine Hodgkin’ is a good bulb for naturalising, it should increase at a steady rate in the right conditions. The leaves are narrow and upright.
Reticulata Iris flower early in the spring bulb season, with the Crocuses, from late winter to early spring. Their name, reticulata refers to the outer layer of the bulb which looks like a net. The bulbs are small, so if you are leaving them to naturalise in the garden ensure you mark their spot so you don’t lose them!
Plant Iris ‘Katharine Hodgkin’ in a sunny spot in well drained soil. They prefer neutral to alkaline soils and like to be relatively dry summer dormancy.
Plant them 5-8cm deep in a pot, rockery or bed. You get one flower per bulb so they are best planted in clumps and it will last a few days opening and closing with the light. Fertilise them with the flower in spring with a high potassium or liquid fertiliser.
Late Winter Early spring
Cool to Temperate
Full Sun to Semi Shade