Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Iris lazica

This is Iris lazica, a winter blooming species very close to Iris unguicularis (which  also blooms at this time of year).  Winter bloom is more likely if the plants have the protection of a cold frame (which this one does), although Iris lazica is evidently hardy enough to thrive in the open garden. But don't expect mid-winter flowers from plants in the open during a typically cold winter.

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