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Iris orientalis, YELLOW SPURIA IRIS, 20 SEEDS
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Location: Washington, United States
Started : 12/25/2011 8:52:17 AM
Ended: 1/13/2012 11:41:44 PM
Seller: growingcrazy (251)
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Iris orientalis, (Iris ochroleuca), YELLOW SPURIA IRIS

Spuria iris are native to Europe and Asia. This is a solid yellow variety. These reach 3 or 4 feet, have as many as 5 blooms on 1 stem and are very drought tolerant and tolerate poorly drained winter soils also.  Spuria iris are excellent cut flowers, resembling a larger version of Dutch iris and blooming later in the season.

Spurias are tall growers with a flower similar to Dutch Irises but flowering in May here, they may flower in winter in warm winter climates. They like most soils although said to require alkaline soil, good drainage and much fertilizer we have grown them in very wet (ditches) to very dry, acid, sandy soil and never give them summer water or much fertilizer. The ONLY thing that ever hurt them was 2 feet of silt deposited on top of them from flooding, they survived 1 foot but not 2 feet. If unwatered through summer they will die down and happily come back in winter, or if lightly watered throughout summer they will stay green. They are excellent for naturalizing and are virtually carefree but don't like being moved and may NOT flower the first year after being moved. Do not allow to dry completely out in spring.

NOT RECOMMENDED FOR POT CULTURE! They absolutley HATE pots and will NEVER bloom in a pot. They may also sulk after moving and not bloom the first year, plant in a spot that they will stay in, if they must be moved try do it in August or September and they may not sulk the next spring. Spruia are said to take transpalnting best if done in late winter-fal, since we are always too busy to plant any back until then this cannot be confirmed. They do survive transplanting at any time of the year, they tend to sulk and not bloom for a year after moving.

Never bothered by deer or rodents, slugs and bugs are sometimes a problem.

Sun to Partial Shade

USDA Zone 4-9

Height: 3-4 feet


2-3 feet apart

Planting Depth: 2 inches

This Spuria would prefer a late summer-dormant period and a drying off period during July through August. Too much moisture combined with summer heat can cause a rot that takes the new growth. In some very dry areas you may need to water through July, but hold back on the water during August, and it should be withheld in established clumps until fall growth begins. Foliage can be cut back to the ground for garden neatness after the foliage dies down about the first of August without harming the plant growth. In shade these will usually stay nicely evergreen in spite of drought.


GERMINATION INSTRUCTIONS: Seed needs a cold moist period, (24-39ºF) for 4-6 wks. Pretreatment of abrading the seed coat or soaking seed in a glass of hot water for three days, changing the water with fresh hot water every 24 hours is said to help.

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