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Miniature Iris reticulata 'Harmony'

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miniature iris 'Harmony'

Miniature Iris reticulata 'Harmony

Lesley Shepherd

Description:

Iris reticulata 'Harmony' is an easy to grow dwarf iris, with a gentle fragrance, which likes full sun and moisture in early spring. It will survive very dry summers making it a good candidate for rockeries as well as railroad gardens and container gardens. . Unlike the miniature danfordae iris, it will colonize and increase in the garden year after year if left undisturbed.  This is a good plant for miniature and fairy gardens and railroad gardens and will also do well in pots if allowed to dry out after flowering.  Pots of reticulata iris are often found in spring at garden centers and grocery store flower shops. If allowed to dry out after flowering, and replanted in the garden or in a container, these little iris will flower and increase each year.  For less expensive plantings, purchase 'bulbs' in the fall and plant before the bulbs dry out.

Common Name:

Miniature Iris 'Harmony'

Botanical Name:

Iris reticulata 'Harmony'

Plant type:

Miniature bulb

Origin:

Iris reticulata is native to the Transcaucausis and Iran, growing on scree from 1800 ft.(600m) to 8000 ft. (2700m)

Size:

Mature height 4 to 5 in. (10- 12.5cm)

Blooming time:

Early February in Zone 9. February-March elsewhere. Flowers are 2 1/2 inches (5-6 cm.) wide, clear pale blue.

Zone:

Iris reticulata "Harmony" will survive in zones 3-4 with mulch, 5-9 without mulch. Requires a warm, cool, warm growing cycle.

Suitable for:

Rockeries, edges of beds, containers in full sun in well drained soil. Needs moisture during the growing season but will tolerate summer drought. It is also fairly easy to force for early indoor bloom (as early as Christmas).  As these iris are very small and will bloom readily without needing a long growing season, they can be planted in small ornamental containers and forced for early spring bloom. Plant the bulbs in a container with good drainage and grow them for a minimum of two months out of doors.  One month before you want them to bloom, bring them into a sheltered location which is slightly warm and grow them until they have good stem growth.  Bring them into a warm environment for roughly 10 days to help force the flowers into bloom.

 

Identifying iris corms you may dig up in your garden or pot

Reticulated iris have a 'netted' and slightly pointed corm or bulb which is easy to distinguish from other bulbs.  To see these bulbs in comparison with many other miniature bulbs, check out the article on identifying miniature bulbs.

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