Growing iris in florida

Irises most often used as garden plants in Florida fall into two groups: Bearded Irises and Beardless Irises. Although the Tall Bearded is the most widely grown of the irises there are others just as easy to grow.

  • Bearded Iris are identified by thick, bushy “beards” on each of the falls (lower petals) of the blossoms. Originally, most of these were native to central and southern Europe. This huge, hybrid complex of Pogon (bearded) irises encompasses innumerable selections in various colors and range in height from 8 to 28″ tall. These irises can be grown from rhizomes in Zones 3 to 10 in full sun and fertile, well-drained soil. Water deeply during drought. Most bloom in late spring. Propagate by division of rhizomes.

  • Beardless Irises are mostly native to Asia. The following types are commonly grown in Florida gardens:

    1. Siberians, the blooms of which are mostly blue, violet and white with large falls and smaller standards. They are most attractive in established clumps and grow to a height of 2 to 4′. Grow in Zones 4 to 10 in neutral to slightly acid, moisture-retentive, rich soil. Propagate by division of rhizomes.

    2. Japanese, which require a slightly acid soil and present some of the most spectacular flowers of all the irises. Blooms are usually huge, ruffled and flat in form; some are marbled with gray or white. Plants reach a height of 2 – 3′. Grow in Zones 5 to 10 in soil in shallow standing water or very moisture-retentive, rich soil. Propagate by division of rhizomes.

    3. Louisianas, which are native to the American Gulf Coast, require fertile soil that is somewhat acid and wet in the spring. These plants do best in Zones 4 to 9 in full to partial sun. The blooms are usually very wide petaled and open, showing brightly colored style-arms and sharp signal-crests. Numerous flower colors are available and plants range in height from 2 – 4′. Propagate by division of rhizomes.

    Irises for Florida

How to Plant Iris Bulbs in Florida

Florida’s warmth and humidity creates a great climate for bulb flowers. Irises are among the many bulb flowers that will thrive in much of Florida. The weather in northern Florida is not always suitable for irises, however. Another good thing about growing irises is that they can be planted in either spring or fall. Because of their size and other features, they are well-suited for either stand-alone flowerbeds or as a border in a larger flowerbed or garden. The many species of irises produce flowers of many colors, so you can choose a color of your liking.

Till the ground in the area where the bulbs will be planted using either a rototiller or a shovel.

Mix in peat, compost or another organic material, adding 1 pound to 1.5 pounds for every 100 square feet.

Level off the soil so there is a flat ground in which to plant bulbs.

Water the soil lightly so it retains moisture for planting.

Dig a 1-inch deep hole.

Place the bulb in the hole with the points facing up.

Cover the bulb with soil, packing it down firmly so there are no air bubbles.

Water the bulb thoroughly so it can begin to take root.

Louisiana Iris ‘Sinfonietta’ was one of my first attempts at bare root planting. Six of them were ordered via Internet in winter 2008. Three were placed in the back and three were placed in the perimeter of the edible garden. It was not known how well they would do in my garden.The bright green foliage is every bit of 3 feet tall and sails through our winters adding structure and vertical loveliness all year long.As early spring bloomers they are welcomed cheerfully emerging shortly after the winter months.Mine are located in partial sun but they will do well in full sun also.A very deep blue with flashes of green-yellow centers they have turned out to be a good choice for my garden.Bumbles travel around from petal to petal burrowing deeply for nectar.

My one and only complaint is that the blooming period doesn’t last long enough. From bud to finish the display of this non-bearded iris is only about a week… maybe two.
Rhizomes are easily divided for transplanting and sharing. From those six original plants there are likely 50 planted in the gardens now. A supremely Florida-Friendly iris the Dietes iridioides ‘African Iris’ or ‘Fortnight Lily’ blooms in flushes from spring to fall. It is a cold hardy stalwart here being divided and utilized in almost every garden area to some extent. I’ve written extensively about this pure white, faithful iris many times on this blog. Indulge me please while I notice every single nuance of this favorite beauty. Don’t recognize it yet? Every fine distinction of this flower is exquisite. Catching them as a new bud gradually opens each morning is a lesson in artistry. The final outcome of petals spread wide to the heavens somewhat disguises the multitude of hues this flower possesses. Tightly held morning buds of golden peach tones give no hint of the finite degrees of bluish-purple details about to be revealed.
Thick, almost velvety petals come alive as the minutes pass.
In this stage of opening the varied degrees and tinges of every color can be fully appreciated.
Regina. A regal name for a durable Florida plant that can take our heat and humidity. Neomarica Caerulea ‘Regina’ Apostle’s Iris A close cousin to Regina, Neomarica Gracilis is borne on foliage much shorter and more chartreuse in color and purist-white petals are exchanged with Regina’s purple beauties. She’s a lovely specimen all on her own. She was passed along to me from a dear gardening friend.
Which makes her cherished and admired. Forever hugs to you, KH.
Both are walking irises and said to bloom from spring throughout summer. In my garden spring seems to be their best season. I’m going to watch closer for summer blooms but I think that might be a stretch in the available information.
Irises are beloved by most gardeners. Which ones are you growing?

‘Hanging Naked Man’ Orchid Flower Images

This story was first published on May 13, 2014


Circulating message claims that attached images show the ‘Naked Man’ orchid, which has flowers that resemble tiny – and clearly male – figures.

Brief Analysis

The photographs are genuine. Many commentators have suggested that the images have been digitally manipulated and do not show a real plant. However, Orchis italica, aka the Naked Man orchid is certainly real and grows in various locations in the Mediterranean


FW: Exotic Orchid Flower called Hanging Naked Men!

Nature has a great sense of humour..!
This Exotic Orchid is called Hanging Naked Men………..

It is called Orchis Italica, or The Naked Man Orchid. So funny.

Detailed Analysis

These rather amusing images circulate online and via email. According to the message that travels with the images, they depict the ‘Naked Man’ orchid. The orchid’s flowers are shaped like tiny human figures, complete with male appendages of varying sizes. Predictably, a number of self-proclaimed experts have declared the images to be ‘photoshopped’ and claimed that there are no such flowers.

However, the plants are in fact quite real. Orchis italica, more commonly called the Naked Man Orchid or the Italian Orchid, grows in various locations throughout the Mediterranean.
A write-up about the plant on notes:

The Naked Man Orchid (which on close inspection resembles just that!) can grow up to 50 cm in height and is widespread throughout the Mediterranean often forming dense colonies.

And, an article about the orchid on the Wild Nature Spain blog explains:

The Orchis italica is known in English as the naked man orchid, due to the form of the individual flowers which resemble a naked male form. The spike is very densely packed with flowers of a purple-pink-whitish colour. The petals and sepals are all curved upwards forming a kind of helmet covering the column. The lip is long and has the shape of a man, with arms, legs and a third protuberance.

Of course, it is only our human propensity to give deeper meaning to natural shapes and patterns that make these particular flowers so striking to us. Other plant species have garnered similar reactions and have generated their own Internet memes. Nevertheless, such plants are beautiful and wondrous in their own right and need no human embellishments.

A new location of the Orchis italica in the Cistierna area (province of León).


The Orchis italica is a Mediterranean orchid whose distribution is mainly located in the southern half of Spain, while in the north of Spain their are only two known territories (see map). Two weeks ago I found three specimens of Orchis italica in the neighbourhood of Cistierna, situated between those northern territories and indicated on the map by the blue rectangle.

Characteristics of the Orchis italica.

The Orchis italica is known in English as the naked man orchid, due to the form of the individual flowers which resemble a naked male form. The spike is very densely packed with flowers of a purple-pink-whitish colour. The petals and sepals are all curved upwards forming a kind of helmet covering the column. The lip is long and has the shape of a man, with arms, legs and a third protuberance. The colour of the spur is somewhat lighter than the rest of the flower and this spur is short, thick and slightly curved downwards. The bracts are short compared to the ovary. The leaves are corrugated and may have some purple-brown spots.
The orchids I have found were all located on more or less shady places between the bushes, but they also occur on sunny grasslands.
Distribution of the Orchis italica in Spain, adapted from a map taken from the excellent Spanish orchid site Orquídeas Ibéricas. The new location is indicated by the blue rectangle.
The first orchid some 2 weeks ago, at the end of May.
The inflorescence of the Orchis italica.
Part of the inflorescence of the naked man orchid. The flowers are very close together, which is typical.
This photo shows a individual flower, you can imagine why it is called the naked man orchid.
The corrugation of the leaves is very characteristic for this orchid.
The second orchid is not far away from the first, but is very well hidden between the bushes. This one has some purple brownish spots.
The first orchid from a different angle.
From this angle the small bracts and the short thick spurs are very good visible.
The third orchid was located on another spot, after a search of a long afternoon.
The first orchid some 10 days later, the spike has lengthened a bit and the flowers are not so very close together anymore.
Part of the inflorescence 10 days later.

Flowers come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and colors,

leading to a wide array of appearances.

You’ve likely seen many varieties in your life time,

but some of these flowers resemble other figures or animals so much that it’s downright shocking.

1. Monkey Orchid (Dracula Simia)

This epiphytic orchid has an arrangement of column petals and a lip that make it look just like a monkey’s face. It blooms at any season and the flowers smell like a ripe orange.

2. Darth Vader (Aristolochia Salvadorensis)

These flowers look like they stepped right off the Death Star, resembling the mask of popular Star Wars character Darth Vader.

3. Naked Man Orchid (Orchis Italica)

These flowers are native to the Mediterranean and are popular for their bright pink and purple, densely clustered flowers that look like naked men.

4. Hooker’s Lips (Psychotria Elata)

This tropical tree is found in the rain forests of Central and South America and, at some points, looks bright red lips. It apparently evolved into its current shape to attract pollinators like hummingbirds and butterflies, but it only looks like lips for a short while until it spreads open to reveal flowers.

5. Dancing Girl Impatiens (Impatiens Bequaertii)

These impatiens are a rare species from the rainforests of East Africa. They’re relatively small plants, only growing about a foot across with blooms that are barely half an inch. One of their most notable features is that they resemble dancing, female figures.

6. Laughing Bumble Bee Orchid (Ophrys Bombyliflora)

This species of Ophrys (also known as bee orchid) is native to parts of the Mediterranean region.

It’s named after the Greek word bombylios, meaning bumble bee, for the appearance of its flowers.

7. Swaddled Babies (Anguloa Uniflora)

This type of orchid has amazing flowers that look as if babies are swaddled inside.

8. Parrot Flower (Impatients Psittacina)

The Parrot Flower is a species of Basalm from Southeast Asia.

They resemble parrots in flight when viewed from the side.

9. Snap Dragon Seed Pod (Antirrhinum)

When in bloom, snap dragon flowers are absolutely beautiful. However, their seed pods look much more macabre, looking like little skulls hanging off a branch.

10. Flying Duck Orchid (Caleana Major)

Found in eastern and southern Australia, this flower resembles a duck. Its appearance attracts insects that pollinate it.

11. Orchid That Looks Like A Tiger

While there’s an actual Tiger Orchid species that looks like it has the same markings as wild cats, this flower is not one of them. However, this orchid astonishingly looks like it has a tiger’s face in the center!

12. Happy Alien (Calceolaria Uniflora)

This mountain plant is originally from Tierra del Fuego in the southern part of South America. Its yellow, white, and reddish colored flowers look like some form of happy alien.

13. Angel Orchid (Habenaria Grandifloriformis)

Also called single leaf Habenaria, these flowers’ white petals have an angel-like look to them.

14. Dove Orchid or Holy Ghost Orchid (Peristeria Elata)

These flowers are found from Central America to Ecuador and Venezuala.

If you look closely in their center, it looks like there’s a little dove.

15. Orchid That Looks Like A Ballerina

This orchid amazingly looks like a ballerina dancer, with orange-ish colored petals resembling arms and legs and the white petal a tutu.

16. White Egret Orchid (Habenaria Radiata)

Found in China, Japan, Korea, and Russia, this flower looks like a white egret with its plumage puffed out.

17. Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis)

One of the most popular orchids in trade, the moth orchid’s scientific name is probably a reference to the genus Phalaena,which was given to a large group of moths.

And it’s not difficult to see why it got its name – some of the species closely resemble moths in flight.

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Yard Doc: African iris blooms welcome spring


Flowers are blooming across the Treasure Coast.

There are many cool season bloomers such as begonias sharing the last winter flowers and spring and summer flower-ers are bursting into bloom. This week I caught sight of prickly pear cactus, Tabebuia, bottlebrush, ginger, and iris all blooming beautifully.

Irises blooming in the spring are some of the plants folks from more northern climates miss in the Florida landscape. It is true the large Dutch iris do not grow in Treasure Coast gardens as perennials, however, there are a few iris species which offer exquisite flowers and grow easily in our area. One of my favorites is Fortnight lily or Dietes iridioides.

Also known as African iris, Dietes is a strong structural form plant to use in in masses in the garden as a groundcover, near water, in borders, large containers, and as a foundation plant. It is a spreading, evergreen perennial with simple, ¾ of an inch-wide sword-shaped leaves with pointed tips. The leaves grow in flat fan-shaped arrangements, as do most members of the Iris Family.

Beautiful iris flowers appear on long, branched stalks most abundant in the spring and summer, though a few blooms appear throughout the year. Fortnight lily blooms last for one day from many buds held above the foliage on long stalks. Individual flowers are 2 ½ to 3 inches across and somewhat flattened. There are three petals and three sepals, outer covers of the flower; they are white with yellow and brown markings and blue tinted crests.

This iris grows throughout the Treasure Coast as it is tolerant to a few degrees of cold, but will be damaged or killed by extended freezing temperatures. They typically grow 2 to 4 feet tall and 2 – 3 feet wide, but slowly spread by underground stems or rhizomes.

The soil should be well-draining and supplemental irrigation will produce the best-looking plants. African iris has no salt tolerance. Full sun and part shade are both tolerated, but the preference is for a bit of shade particularly in the hottest part of the day.

African iris has few pests or diseases that cause problems. However, the clump can look untidy with dead or damaged leaves if are not removed. Keep clean by removing brown or damaged leaves regularly and thin every year by removing whole fans of leaves. Do remove seed pods to encourage more flowering; do NOT remove flower stalks, they are perennial, and the flowers are produced on the same stalks every year.

The appearance of Fortnight lily blooms always signals spring and renewed life to me. Plant a few in your garden for lovely blooms and tough, long-lasting plants.

Carol Cloud Bailey is a landscape counselor and horticulturist. Send questions to [email protected] or visit for more information.

How to Grow Bearded Irises

Representing wisdom and respect, receiving this bloom is a bold statement, indeed. Jim McKinley/Getty Images

Few perennials match the amazing show, sweet fragrance, wide variety, and easy care of bearded irises. They come in just about every flower color, both solids and bicolors. Branched flower stalks range in height from 8-inch miniatures to 48-inch giants. Some selections rebloom in fall. All make excellent cut flowers. Provide full sun and well-drained soil. Feed in spring and early summer with Espoma Bulb-tone 3-5-3. Don’t plant too deeply; the top half-inch of the thick roots, called rhizomes, should be visible from above. A great source with lots of choices is

Bearded irises need good drainage. They’ll grow in soils from sandy to claylike—but in clay soils, plant in raised beds or on ridges to assure good drainage, avoid rhizome rot.

Plant in September or October, in full sun or light shade. Space rhizomes 1–2 ft. apart; set with tops barely beneath soil surface, spreading roots well. Growth proceeds from the leafy end of rhizome, so point that end in direction you want growth initially to occur. For a quick show, plant three rhizomes 1 ft. apart—two with growing ends pointing outward, the third aimed to grow into the space between them. On slopes, set rhizomes with growing end facing uphill. If weather turns hot, shade newly planted rhizomes to prevent sunscald and possible rot.

Water newly planted rhizomes well to settle soil and start growth. Thereafter, water judiciously until new growth shows plants have rooted; then water regularly until fall rains or frosts arrive. From the time growth starts in late winter or early spring, water regularly until about 6 weeks after flowers fade; buds for next year’s flowers form during postbloom period. During the summer, plants require less water. In heavy soil, it may be sufficient to water plants every other week; in lighter soils, try watering weekly.

For best performance, feed plants with commercial bulb fertilizer as growth begins in spring, then again after bloom has finished.

In cool, moist springs, leaf spot may disfigure foliage; use appropriate fungicide at first sign of infection. Remove old and dry leaves in fall.

Walking Iris

Walking iris, Neomarica gracilis

Neomarica sp. is one of those plants with a number of common names. Perhaps you’ve heard it called fan iris, a name it gets from the appearance of its sword-shaped leaves which form a fan of greenery. Or maybe you know it as apostle plant, a name given to it because some believe the plant needs twelve leaves before it will bloom. The flower of this plant inspired yet another common name, the poor man’s orchid.

This plant gets perhaps its most common name—walking iris—from its propagation habit. New plantlets form at the tops of flower stalks which then bend to the ground and take root. Eventually, the new plant will repeat the same process. In this way many walking iris plants “walk” through the landscape. However, not all species of Neomarica walk—some species will hold the plantlet airborne and their stems don’t bend as readily as others.

Whatever you know this plant as, Neomarica sp. is a lovely and exotic-looking addition to any garden.


Neomarica sp. is a clumping herbaceous perennial with long, glossy green leaves and small, iris-like flowers. The flower color will vary depending on the species; they can be white, yellow, or blue-purple.

Walking iris sports interesting flowers, with outer petals that spread almost horizontally. Three curled inner petals add a pop of texture to the center of the bloom. The inner and outer petals have interesting yellow and mahogany markings at their base resembling tiger stripes. These striking blooms only last a day, but as flowers die more will follow for an extended period. How long your plant continues to flower will depend on the species.

Planting and Care

Walking iris can be grown in full or partial shade, can tolerate a range of soil types, and will thrive in moist locations. This plant does well in mass plantings, providing year-round interest with its upright foliage that’s lovely even when not flowering. It is also well suited to containers and hanging baskets where its arching stems can be highlighted.

Walking iris is best suited to USDA hardiness zones 9 through 11, although homeowners even in North Florida have successfully grown it in their gardens. In the northern parts of the state, walking iris often freezes to the ground but will return from the roots in the spring. Remember, you can use woven fabric covers to help protect your plants should freezing temperatures be in the forecast.

Various Neomarica species offer different flower colors allowing you to select the color that will work best in your landscape. N. longifolia has yellow flowers with mahogany patches, while N. gracilis and N. northiana have white blossoms with blue and brown markings. N. caerulea has blue-purple petals, but doesn’t “walk”.

There is another plant often referred to as walking iris. Trimezia martinicensis produces yellow flowers that are very similar in their structure to those of Neomarica. Trimezia martinicensis can commonly be found in Florida gardens as well, so be aware that when someone is talking about “walking iris” they could mean Neomarica sp. or Trimezia.

Neomarica sp. is sometimes available in nurseries and is a popular pass-along plant. For more information on walking iris, contact your local county Extension office.

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Walking Iris
Latin: Neomarica gracilis

Walking iris flowers form at the ends of the floral spikes where the new plantlets also form.

Pass-along plants are a special group of plants that persist in our homes and gardens because they are tough, easily propagated and interesting enough to merit care. However, they lack the pizzazz necessary to make it in commerce, where they are bought and sold. Walking iris (Neomarica gracilis) is such a plant: Commonly seen, but you almost never see it in nurseries.

Neomarica is a Brazilian member of the iris family. It is clump-forming, with 24-inch long, pendulous, deep green and glossy sword-shaped leaves emerging from a group of congested rhizomes. Walking iris is sometimes called “apostle plant” because it was commonly supposed that the flower stalk emerged in the central position of a fan of 12 leaves; but in reality most rhizomes flower with six to eight leaves present.

In late winter and spring, the plant produces a 3-foot tall spike that bears a 3-inch diameter, light blue iris-like flower. The spike is enclosed in a sheath-like leaf, so it is flattened and resembles the leaves. The flowers are lightly fragrant and last only one day, but will continue to be produced every few days for a month or more.

Two species are commonly grown. N. gracilis, the more handsome of the two, has white outer petals marked with bands of brown or yellow at the base and bright blue, erect central petals. N. caerulea has blue or violet outer petals that usually are the same shade as the inner petals.

Walking iris is aptly named, for as the flower spike nears the end of its bloom cycle and continues to flop about, new plantlets begin to appear at the tip of the spike. In mild parts of the country, where the plant can be grown out of doors, this type of spread enlarges the colony faster than would occur from just the spread of the rhizomes. Indoors, these new plantlets are easily removed and rooted.

Michael Pollan in his book Botany of Desire (Random House, 2001) describes how the tulip-a piece of eye candy for gardeners for sure-rapidly spread around the world. He likens the beauty of the tulip as an evolutionary triumph, not for the amusement of gardeners, but as a biological means for tulips to perpetuate themselves. Neomarica and other pass-along plants use the same strategy, but they add an agreeable, easygoing and tough disposition to the mix. They’re just cute enough for people to hang on to them, and easy enough to propagate that they get dispersed throughout the world by non-conventional vectors: gardeners.

In zones 9 and south, walking iris can be grown outside in sunny or partially shaded beds. In colder regions it is grown in large containers and treated as a patio plant. Minimum pot size should be about 8 inches. They do best in more moist locations, often growing in the wild as a pond-edge plant. In containers they are not heavy feeders, and will persist for several years without repotting. Plantlets can be rooted by pegging the floppy stem into a new pot and keeping the soil moist until new roots form.

By: Gerald Klingaman, retired
Extension Horticulturist – Ornamentals
Extension News – January 29, 2010

The University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture does not maintain lists of retail outlets where these plants can be purchased. Please check your local nursery or other retail outlets to ask about the availability of these plants for your growing area.

Walking iris is a stunning spring bloomer for warm climates. The bright blue and white flowers are about 3 inches across.
An entire bed of these iris will bloom on the same day and for only one day. The spectacle is repeated every few days throughout the spring months.
After flowering, a new plant starts to form on the end of the flower stalk.
The weight of the developing plant causes the stalk to bend over and touch the ground, where the plantlet will take root.
This is where the common name “Walking Iris” comes from. The plants “walk” across the landscape (very slowly). The long narrow leaves are arranged in a fan shape, typical of other members of the Iris family. They are thin and droopy, giving mass plantings a soft billowy texture. There is a related species with yellow flowers that has a more upright habit.
Neomarica will grow in mostly sun to full shade. USDA Zones 8 to 11 (native to Central and South America). The higher the zone you’re in, the more shade you should give them. Plants generally grow about 18″ to 2 feet tall. They make a nice evergreen groundcover under small trees where they’ll get a little shade.

Growing Walking Iris Plants – Tips On Caring For Neomarica Iris

One of the most beautiful blooms of spring comes from an unusual member of the Iris family — the walking iris (Neomarica gracilis). Neomarica is a clumping perennial that reaches anywhere from 18 to 36 inches (45-90 cm.). And once you see its flowers, you will appreciate another of its common names—the poor man’s orchid (not to be confused with the Schizanthus poor man’s orchid).

This exotic-looking plant with its graceful sword-like foliage has white, yellow or blue flowers that resemble a cross between those of an orchid and an iris. Although they are short lived, lasting only a day, numerous blooms continue to follow over an extended period of time throughout spring, summer and fall. Growing walking iris plants is a great way to enjoy these interesting flowers.

Walking Iris Plants

So what makes this plant so unusual, and how did it acquire its name? Well, because of its habit of propagating itself, the iris appears to “walk” throughout the garden as it fills the area with additional plantlets. When the new plantlet is formed at the tip of the flower stalk, it bends to the ground and takes root. This new plant then repeats the process, thus giving the illusion of walking or moving about as it spreads.

The walking iris is also called the fan iris for the fan-like growing characteristic of its leaves. In addition, the plant has been referred to as the Apostle plant because there are usually twelve leaves in a fan — one for each apostle. Most Neomarica will not bloom until the plant has 12 leaves.

Two of the most commonly grown species of walking iris include N. caerulea, with vibrant blue flowers having brown, orange and yellow claws, and N. gracilis, with stunning blue and white flowers.

How to Grow a Neomarica Walking Iris

If you’re curious about how to grow a Neomarica walking iris, it’s fairly easy to do. In addition to propagating itself, the walking iris can be easily propagated through division of offsets or by seed in spring. Both are relatively easy, and flowering usually occurs within the first season. Rhizomes can be planted in the ground or pots just beneath the soil.

Walking iris grows best in moist, well-draining soil in areas with light to full shade but will also tolerate some sun as long as it receives adequate moisture.

It is hardy in USDA plant hardiness zones 10 and 11, but has been reported to grow as far north as Zone 8 with adequate protection during winter. In colder zones, this plant needs to come inside for the winter. Therefore, growing walking iris in containers is helpful.

Caring for Neomarica Iris

In regards to walking iris care, the plant itself requires little in the way of maintenance with exception of providing plenty of moisture. You should water your walking iris regularly during its active growth. Allow the plant to go dormant in winter and limit its watering to once monthly.

You can feed the plant every two weeks with a water soluble fertilizer in the summer, or use a granular slow release fertilizer annually in early spring as part of your walking iris care.

Adding an ample amount of mulch will help with retaining moisture in the soil and insulating plant roots. This will also help with winter protection in suitable areas.

Blooms of walking iris plants can be removed once flowering has stopped and the stems can be cut back in fall as well.

Since walking iris tolerates a wide range of soil and light conditions, this hardy plant is quite versatile in the garden. Walking iris plants make an excellent accent along natural paths and pond edges. They look great when massed together and can be used as a taller ground cover in the shade. Walking iris can also be used in borders, beds and containers (even indoors).


Tennessee State Flower

Iris germanica or Iris is the state flower of Tennessee state of the U.S. Iris is a large flower with purple or white flowers, native to central and southern Europe. Iris flowers are brilliant spring flowers, and the best-known and loved garden plants.

Kingdom Plantae Division Magnoliophyta Class Liliopsida Order Liliales Family Iridaceae Genus Iris Species germanica

Common names of the Iris germanica are Rhizomatous iris, Bearded iris, German iris, Iris kochii. There are 3 groups of Irises. They are dwarfs, intermediate, and tall. The tall bearded iris are the most popular in home gardens and landscapes. Iris kochii are the Irises of northern Italy having deep blue-purple flowers; similar to but smaller than Iris germanica or German iris.

Broadly speaking, all Iris plants have long stems and six-lobed flowers. Flowers have 3 petals sagging downwards (actually large sepals in the same colour as the flower), and three standing upright. Inflorescence in Iris plant is Terminal with axillary sessile flowers. Flowers subtended by a reduced foliaceous bract. Iris flowers are 3 inches wide and bearded.

Iris flowers look like orchid-like flowers. There are seen 9-12 buds growing on short side branches on each stem. Each flower lasts about three days. Iris flowers have petals and sepals. Three upright petals are called standards, and Three sepals hand drooping downwards and are known as falls. These standards and falls may be of same or different color. Popular iris flowers colors are lavendar, blue, white, purple, rose-red, yellow, pink, brown or various combinations. The beard is the fuzzy, fringed appendage above the falls.

There are many online florists who deliver flowers to Tennessee. You can send flowers, plants of your choice to your loved ones living in Tennessee or from Tennessee to other locations across the United States of America through these popular Tennessee Online Florists.

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Facts About Iris

  • Iris flower plant is an hardy herbaceous perennial.
  • Iris plant stems are erect with auxillary sessile flowers.
  • Iris plant stems are aerial stems longer than the leaves, glabrous, glaucous, erect, herbaceous, simple, from somewhat flattened rhizomes.
  • Summer is the flowering season of the Iris flowers.
  • Iris plant leaves are – Basal and cauline. Basal leaves are broad, glabrous, glaucous, acute, entire, with a thin scarious margin. Cauline, folded around the stem.
  • Irises are famous for their beautiful blooms and their fragrance.
  • The seeds of Iris flowers are numerous and pale-brown.
  • The astringent rhizome of Iris has diuretic, purgative and emetic properties.

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Facts About Tennessee

The capital city of Tennessee state is Nashville. Tennessee state was admitted into statehood on June 1, 1796. The official state flag of Tennessee was adopted on April 17, 1905.

  • Nickname of the Tennessee state is Volunteer State.
  • Tennessee state is located between 36.171N, 086.784W of the U.S.
  • Total land area of Tennessee is 42146 sq.mi.
  • Tennessee’s climate is temperate, beneficial for people and agriculture, with abundant rainfall.
  • Border States of Tennessee state are: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Virginia.
  • Tennessee’s state economy depends upon Agriculture: Soybeans, cotton, tobacco, livestock and livestock products, dairy products, cattle, hogs; Industry: Chemicals, transportation equipment, rubber, plastics.
  • Historical Sites in Tennessee state are The Andrew Johnson National Historic Site at Greenville.
  • Points of Interest in Tennessee state are: American Museum of Atomic Energy at Oak Ridge, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, The Hermitage, and Rock City Gardens near Chattanooga.
  • There are Twenty-three state parks, covering some 132,000 acres as well as parts of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee National Forest, and Cumberland Gap National Historical Park are in Tennessee.
  • Major Industries seen in Tennessee are mining (coal), electrical power, enriched uranium production, music, automobile manufacturing, farming (tobacco, cattle, soybeans, cotton), walking horses, tourism.
  • Some of the famous universities in Tennessee state are: Tennessee State University, Tennessee Technological University, Tennessee Temple University, Tennessee Wesleyan College.

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