Iris unguicularis (also called Algerian iris or Iris stylosa)
Evergreen, fragrant, winter flowering rhizomatus beardless iris.
Purple flowers with yellow markings in winter.
Upright habit. Up to 20cm high and can spread indefinitely.
Narrow, mid-green strap-like leaves grow upright from the base of a fan shaped clump.
Flowers – almost stemless, scented lilac/purple with yellow centres.
Rhizomes sit at soil surface level and need baking in summer sun.
Full sun as rhizomes benefit from baking in summer sun. Prefers a sheltered site against a south or west facing wall.
Well drained, light.
Plants are hardy but flowers may suffer in heavy frost.
Flowers are prone to slug attack so may need protecting.
By division of rhizomes in late summer or by seed in autumn.
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