By Mona Kneuss
There are around 300 species in the genus Iris. In this area we have Tall bearded irises or Iris germanica a very familiar flower with the three inner upright petals called “standards” and three larger outer petals called “falls”, the falls may have beards or crests. These are soft hairs along the center of the falls. In Crested iris the hairs form a comb or ridge.
Most iris bloom in the spring but some will re-bloom and that is what we focus on at Kingwood to have a longer display for all to enjoy.
The care for iris is not to demanding if you follow a few simple rules:
- Iris need at least a half day of sun to bloom properly
- Most also need well drained soil, with the exception of Japanese Iris
The other Iris in this area are Siberian Iris or Iris sibirica. This type is known for its long-lasting blooms and low-maintenance. Also, it is known for its narrow foliage, which remains attractive after the blooms are spent. Both types of iris should be divided every three to five years for maximum blooming and overall health of your plants.