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Virginia Lyle Iris*

Iris 'Virginia Lyle'

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Virginia Lyle Iris (Iris 'Virginia Lyle') at Glen Echo Nurseries

Virginia Lyle Iris flowers

Virginia Lyle Iris flowers

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Plant Height:  10 inches

Flower Height:  18 inches

Spacing:  10 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3a

Group/Class:  Standard Dwarf Bearded

Description:

This gorgeous iris with its incredible blue and white blooms and showy yellow beard is an attention getting addition to the perennial border; also excellent massed in groupings in the garden; will quickly form dense colonies

Ornamental Features

Virginia Lyle Iris has masses of beautiful blue flag-like flowers with purple overtones, white throats and a yellow beard at the ends of the stems in mid spring, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its sword-like leaves remain green in colour throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Virginia Lyle Iris is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Insects

Virginia Lyle Iris is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Virginia Lyle Iris will grow to be about 10 inches tall at maturity extending to 18 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 12 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 10 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Edging  Garden 
Applications
Flowers  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features