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BEARDED IRIS     Iris x germanica

Also called:  POOR MAN'S ORCHID

This small Iris has deep velvet purple flowers. Although the season of bloom is only a few weeks, the foliage remains neat and tidy and provides an excellent backdrop for other perennials or annuals.

Perennial: Height 35cm (15in) forming an expanding clump of dense foliage in a few years. Should be divided every 5 or 6 years to keep it looking fresh and neat.

Foliage: Crisp parallel veined leaves forming into fans from the ground up.

Flowers: Deep velvety purple, very dark. Although the flowers are not large, they are very profuse.

Comments: This Iris is very hardy. Like all irises it likes lots of sun and will not tolerate standing water, especially in the spring. Well suited for rock gardens, perennial borders, and as edging plants.

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