Iris Sibirica Purplelicious is one of our darkest purples and can produce between 2 and 5 flowers per stem. They will quickly form into clumps and are suited to most garden types which are free draining.
Flowering height: 24-36″ (60-90cms)
Plant Indoors: They are at their best when grown outside.
Plant outside: They are happy in most soils that remain moist and that are organically rich in nutrients. In very heavy soils, just add grit, sand or humus matter to lighten it up. Cultivate soils to a depth of 20cms and add some well rotted manure or granular fertiliser to the soil when cultivating. Plant rhizomes so the roots sit below the soil surface with a green growth just breaking the surface and fan out the roots. Cover with soil and firm around the roots to keep them in place. Avoid planting them in areas of heavy shade or in soils that dry out during the summer months. Leave to establish for a few years and protect from winter frosts by covering them in a couple of inches of mulch over winter.
They will need to be split and divided after 3-5 years, which is best done after flowering and before the leaves have died back.
Can be left to bulk up and naturalise for many years.
Plant with summer flowering lilies, Dahlias and hemerocallis for a mass of colour in the summer.
Flowering height: 24-36″ (60-90cm)
Flowering period: August-September
Soil type: Soils that are humus rich and remain moist but do not get waterlogged
Aspect: Full sun or partial shade. Sheltered or exposed
Planting distance: 10cms
Planting depth: Plant rhizomes so the roots sit below the soil surface with a green growth just breaking the surface.
Full growing instructions are also provided