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IRIS x robusta Gerald Darby

A species cross from Iris versicolor x Iris virginica

As the name suggests a strong form of Iris ideal for wet heavy soil. The base of the foliage is a vivid purple growing into green strappy leaves. Small perfectly shaped flowers in lilac purple with golden hafts and deep purple veins. Flowers May-June. Ht 80cm Sp 60cm. Sun. Hardy


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Plant Details: IRIS x robusta Gerald Darby

Plant: IRIS

Species: x robusta

Family: Iridaceae

Origin: North America

Flower colour: Purple

Flower month: May, Jun, Jul

Foliage colour: Green, Purple

Hardy: Hardy

Soil type: Moist soil, Bog or marginal

Aspect: Sun

Evergreen: Deciduous

Height: 80

Spread: 60

Flower type: Single

Flower attribute: Showy

Foliage style: Arch Foliage Habit

Leaf colour: Green, Purple

Seed colour: Black, Brown

Winter grow conditions: Outside

Container Compost: Soil or Loam Based

Year of introduction: YES

Web rating: Woottens rating 8/10

Special uses: Deer Proof, Rabbit Proof, Marine

Pot Size: 1.3 litre

Variety: Gerald Darby

Plant of week: New Plants at Woottens

Sub Group: Other Iris, Water Iris

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