Dutch Iris - Lion King

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The Dutch Iris' unmatched presence is an elegant addition to any garden. Bright and airy, the Dutch Iris resembles a birds in flight. Exquisite orchid-like flowers in solids and mixes of blue, purple, yellow and white rest atop sturdy stems. Striking sword-like leaves.

About this Variety

Iris Lion King's blooms appear with purplish brown standards and yellow falls that are brown-striped with dark, bluish-green grass-like foliage. A must have for the early summer garden.

Highlights

  • Long-lasting cut flowers
  • Grows well in containers, borders and mass plantings
  • Naturalizes well if happy where it's planted
  • Deer & critter resistant
  • One of the most popular flower bulbs

Exposure:

Full Sun

Blooms:

Late Spring

Height:

Grows 18-24" tall

Spacing/Depth:

Plant 4-6" apart, 4-6" deep

USDA Zones:

Grow as Perennial in zones 5-9. Grow as Annual elsewhere.

Growing Instructions

Plant in the fall, before the first frost hardens the soil. Dig a hole to the required depth. Place bulb in hole, pointed side up. Cover with soil and water thoroughly. Mulch in extreme climates.

For container planting, bury the bulb three times as deep as the bulb is wide. In zones 6 and below, you will need to protect your bulb containers. Place them near the foundation of the house or other structure. In zones 3-5, place the container in an unheated garage or shed.

After blooming, leave the bulbs in place so plants can clump or reseed. Divide only when containers or planting spaces become too crowded. Propagate in the fall by division after they have been chilled for four weeks in a moist medium.

Care Tip

Dutch iris bulbs can be planted in spring or fall. Select a planting site that has reasonably fertile soil and plenty of moisture that will not allow the bulbs to dry out in summer. Good drainage and a sheltered location will help them survive the winter to return for years to come. Best planted in large groups of 15 bulbs per square foot. It is recommended that gardeners in zone 5 should add a 2" layer of mulch in fall.

 

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