Iris
Iris cristata 'Powder Blue Giant' (Powder Blue Giant Crested Iris)

Iris cristata 'Powder Blue Giant' (Powder Blue Giant Crested Iris)

Part Sun to ShadeZone: 3-9 12" tall Origin: USA
This superb deer-resistant form of our native I. cristata was discovered by Samuel Norris (who created the first pardancandas) of Owensboro, Kentucky, some 37 years ago in a 200-yard long bank of I. cristata in Litchfield, Kentucky. It was registered and named by Joe Pye Weed Gardens, Massachusetts, in 1998. The light blue flowers, to 3" wide, are gigantic for this species. This vigorously spreading form to 1' tall is a superb choice for a dry location in the woodland garden. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #02592
$13.00  


Iris cristata 'Tennessee White' (Tennessee White Woods Iris)

Iris cristata 'Tennessee White' (Tennessee White Woods Iris)

Part Sun to Light ShadeZone: 3-9 6" tall Origin: USA
New crop available 9-9-2010 This selection of our native woods iris was discovered by mad plantsman Don Shadow of Winchester, Tennessee. Iris 'Tennessee White' is a vigorous deer-resistant selection that quickly makes a 2' wide deciduous clump, topped just above the foliage in March (NC) with a wonderful display of small, white, thick-textured flowers. Everyone who has tried it agrees it is probably the best white-flowered selection of I. cristata on the market. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #08476
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Iris ensata 'Little Snow Man' (White Japanese Iris)

Iris ensata 'Little Snow Man' (White Japanese Iris)

Sun to Part SunZone: 5-9 25" tall Origin: Japan
Open House/Web-Only! Iris 'Little Snowman' is a stunningly floriferous selection of Japanese iris. Like a flock of doves atop the upright linear green foliage, the 25" tall deer-resistant plants are topped with large flat flowers in early June. Plant Japanese iris in a moist site (water leaks that you haven't got around to fixing work great) and divide every 3-5 years for best results...you're sure to like this one! Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #01717
$16.00  


Iris ensata 'Pink Frost' (W. Marx 55)

Iris ensata 'Pink Frost' (W. Marx 55)

Sun to Part SunZone: 4-8, at least 24" tall Origin: Japan
Open House/Web-Only! Iris ensata 'Pink Frost' is a delightful, fast-multiplying, shorter selection that makes a 2' tall x 3' wide deer-resistant clump, topped in early June (NC) with a blanket of 6-falled (all 6 petals arch downward instead of upright) mauve pink petals, highlighted by an inner white pattern just above the bright yellow throat. As with all Japanese iris, they perform best if divided every 3-5 years and grown in moist, rich soils. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #07943
$16.00  


Iris ensata 'Queen's Tiara' (Queen's Tiara Japanese Iris)

Iris ensata 'Queen's Tiara' (Queen's Tiara Japanese Iris)

SunZone: 5-8 36" tall Origin: Japan
Open House/Web-Only! Iris 'Queen's Tiara' is a vigorous deer-resistant selection of Japanese iris topped, starting in mid-May, with large, flat-petalled white flowers highlighted in the center by short purple standards (upright petals)...a very attractive combination. As with all Japanese iris, slightly moist to wet soils are best and be sure to divide the clumps every 3-4 years to maintain great flowering. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #07650
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Iris ensata 'Sweet Murmur' (Sweet Murmur Japanese Iris)

Iris ensata 'Sweet Murmur' (Sweet Murmur Japanese Iris)

SunZone: 5-9 26" tall Origin: Japan
NEW! This 1961 deer-resistant introduction from Oregon Japanese iris guru, Walter Marx, is one of the shorter Japanese iris we have grown, topping out, starting in mid-June, at 26" tall with flat 6" wide flowers. The wavy petals are white in the center with a ruffled dark purple border...very nice. Moist to regular garden soils are fine, but divide the clumps every 3-4 years for best flowering. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #07926
$16.00  


Iris ensata 'Tora Tora' (Tora Tora Japanese Iris)

Iris ensata 'Tora Tora' (Tora Tora Japanese Iris)

SunZone: 5-9 24" tall Origin: Japan
Open House/Web-Only! We bought this because of the unusual name...the term used by the Japanese to indicate the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. Not surprisingly, this extraordinarily vigorous selection of Japanese iris has been a real standout in our garden. The 2' tall deer-resistant clumps are topped in late May (NC) with a stunning display of large, light lavender flowers accented by darker purple veining and a patch of gold near the base of each petal. Moist soil is important for best performance, as is clump division every 3 years. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #07299
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Iris ensata 'Variegata' (Striped Japanese Iris)

Iris ensata 'Variegata' (Striped Japanese Iris)

Sun to Part SunZone: 5-9 20" tall Origin: Japan
Open House/Web-Only! If you want to brighten up a garden...aquatic or otherwise, here is your plant. This strikingly beautiful, deer-resistant iris has creamy white-and-green, vertically striped, broad foliage. Each clump can reach 20" in height with a similar spread. In late spring, each clump is topped with attractive, pale lavender-blue flowers. Iris ensata is happy in all but the driest of garden soils. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #01349
$16.00  


Iris foetidissima (Coral Fruit Iris)

Iris foetidissima (Coral Fruit Iris)

Part Sun to ShadeZone: 6-9, at least 24" tall Origin: SW Europe, N. Africa
Open House/Web-Only! Here's an oddball if there ever was one. Iris foetidissima, native from England west to Greece, can be found in open woodlands, where the 2' tall clumps of dark green upright evergreen foliage provides a delightful structural element in the winter garden. The small tan and lavender flowers are uglier than the cast of a zombie movie and anyone who says otherwise needs new glasses. The specific epithet indicates stinking...reportedly the leaves smell of roast beef...yeah, right...and I look like Kevin Costner. The beauty of Iris foetidissima is the seedheads, which split open in mid-October to reveal bright red fruits. Slightly moist soils are best. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #08676
$12.00  


Iris fulva 'Lois' (Lois's Yellow Copper Iris)

Iris fulva 'Lois' (Lois's Yellow Copper Iris)

Sun to Part SunZone: 6-9, at least 36" tall Origin: USA
Open House/Web-Only! This unique deer-resistant selection of the native Iris fulva was discovered in northeastern Arkansas's Crittenden County by native plant enthusiast Lois Wilson. Instead of the typically copper colored flower, Iris 'Lois' is adorned in early May (NC) with 3' tall stalks, topped with bright golden yellow flowers. All Iris fulva selections prefer rich moist soils for best growth. Thanks to Larry Lowman of Ridgecrest Nursery in Arkansas for naming and sharing this treasure. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #05517
$16.00  


Iris japonica 'Eco Easter' (Evergreen Japanese Iris)

Iris japonica 'Eco Easter' (Evergreen Japanese Iris)

Light Shade to ShadeZone: 7-10 12" tall Origin: China, Japan
This Don Jacobs selection of the easy-to-grow evergreen groundcover Iris japonica was made for its increased hardiness and floriferous nature. Iris japonica is notoriously lacking in floral power, but such is not the case with 'Eco Easter'. The deer-resistant iris fans emerge from spreading rhizomes, similar to Iris tectorum, but considerably faster. In early April in NC, the fans are topped with numerous floral sprays of lavender-blue flowers. Each dainty-looking flower is highlighted by a dramatic yellow throat and adjacent purple markings. The rhizomes grow close to the ground and are easy to extract when you are ready to share. If you've got a difficult shady spot, Iris japonica is for you. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #05768
$14.00  


Iris japonica 'Wuhan Angel' (Japanese Iris)

Iris japonica 'Wuhan Angel' (Japanese Iris)

Part Sun to ShadeZone: 7b-10, at least 20" tall Origin: China
We are pleased to introduce this deer-resistant Hayes Jackson selection of Iris japonica, made in a wooded area at the Wuhan Botanical Garden in Hubei, China in 2001. This stoloniferous groundcover spreads by thin rhizomes just below the mulch surface and makes a 10' wide groundcover-worthy patch in only 3 years. The fans of 20" long sword-like dark green leaves are topped with clusters of white orchid-like flowers in March and early April (NC)...a nice change from the more typical light lavender flowers of this species. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #08518
$14.00  


Iris laevigata 'Variegata' (Striped Water Iris)

Iris laevigata 'Variegata' (Striped Water Iris)

Sun to Part SunZone: 4-9 30" tall Origin: China, Japan, Korea
Open House/Web-Only! New crop available 9-2-2010 When I first saw this many years ago in the famed garden of Pennsylvania's Charles Cresson, I was smitten...I had to have this plant. Finally, we not only have it, but we occasionally have enough to share and this is one of those times...although the quantities are always limited. This stunning water iris boasts wide, cream and white striped leaves that hold their color all year. In late May and early June, the deer-resistant, vigorous, sturdy clumps are topped with light blue, crested iris flowers. Iris laevigata needs rich moist soil and grows fine in 6-8" of standing water as an aquatic...a true garden SUPERSTAR! Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #00283
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Iris nelsonii (Nelson's Water Iris)

Iris nelsonii (Nelson's Water Iris)

SunZone: 6b-10 48" tall Origin: USA
Open House/Web-Only! This unusual southern US native was discovered growing in a swamp in Vermilion Parish, Louisiana, near the town of Abbeville. Although it is thought to have originated as a menage a trois between Iris fulva, Iris brevicaulis, and Iris giganticaerulea, it was published as a new species in 1966. Iris nelsonii makes a vigorous clump of narrow, green, deer-resistant foliage, topped in early May with 2" cinnamon-lavender flowers. Either moist soil or up to 4" of standing water suit the plant just fine. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #07085
$16.00  


Iris odaesanensis (Mt. Odae Iris)

Iris odaesanensis (Mt. Odae Iris)

Part Sun to Light ShadeZone: 5-7, at least 8" tall Origin: Korea
My first knowledge of this dwarf iris was during our 1997 Korean expedition when Darrell Probst spotted it growing near Mt. Odae. The small 8" long, acorus-like foliage prefers slightly moist soils, but is amazingly drought-tolerant. I. odaesanensis spreads nicely to create a 2-4' wide grass-like mat of foliage in 5 years (depending on soil moisture) that remains evergreen in milder climates. The patch is topped in early spring with lovely small 2" wide white flowers, each composed of three large and three small petals, the larger ones highlighted with a light brown blotch...a very high cute quotient. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #08565
$14.00  


Iris prismatica (Slender Blue Iris)

Iris prismatica (Slender Blue Iris)

Sun to Light ShadeZone: 4-8 36" tall Origin: USA
Open House/Web-Only! Native from Maine south to Georgia, Iris prismatica is found growing in bogs and marshes. The narrow upright foliage forms rhizomatous clumps topped with narrow-petaled flowers in early May. Our selection is from divisions of a clone from Nash County, NC, having lovely violet-blue flowers with falls (the petals that don't stand upright) that display a nice central white pattern. This is an easy to grow, deer-resistant native that should be in all gardens where moisture is adequate. In 5 years, you can expect a 3' wide patch. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #04150
$16.00  


Iris unguicularis (Winter Blooming Algerian Iris)

Iris unguicularis (Winter Blooming Algerian Iris)

Sun to Part SunZone: 7-9 18" tall Origin: Turkey, Caucasus
(syn: I. stylosa) The rarely available, winter-blooming Algerian iris is one of our favorites for its ability to flower when few others dare. The narrow green leaves, to only 18" tall, make a dense deer-resistant clump to 18" wide. Starting in October-November (weather permitting), the clumps begin to flower with 2" very fragrant, light lavender-purple flowers...continuing through April (temporarily ceasing when the temperature drops below 15 degrees F). I. unguicularis prefers a dry and well-drained location. Iris unguicularis was also named by the Royal Horticultural Society as one of the top 200 plants of the last 200 years! Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #00923
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Iris unguicularis ssp. cretensis (Winter Blooming Iris)

Iris unguicularis ssp. cretensis (Winter Blooming Iris)

Sun to Light ShadeZone: 7-9 6" tall Origin: Greece
Open House/Web-Only! (syn: Iris unguicularis var. angustifolia) Here is a rare opportunity to obtain the dwarf narrow-leaf form of the wonderful winter-flowering Algerian iris. This Jim and Jenny Archibald collection of Iris unguicularis ssp. cretensis is from Lakonia, Greece, south of Areopoli. This population of plants produces short, narrow, grass-like foliage and flowers that open well above the leaves. The deer-resistant clumps are topped from late winter through spring with deep violet flowers...perfect for a special place in the rock garden. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #04416
$28.00  


Iris versicolor 'Brunswick Beauty' (Brunswick Beauty Blue Flag Iris)

Iris versicolor 'Brunswick Beauty' (Brunswick Beauty Blue Flag Iris)

Sun to Part SunZone: 5-9, guessing 24" tall Origin: USA
Open House/Web-Only! We received this selection from plantsman Jesse Perry, who discovered it in the Green Swamp region of Brunswick County, NC, just north of the town of Supply. When the foliage emerges in spring, the base of the leaves are attractively suffused with dark purple pigment. The clumps are topped in late spring with 2' flower spikes of narrow-petaled, intensely purple flowers...a very nice deer-resistant selection of our native Iris versicolor. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #06590
$16.00  


Iris virginica 'Carl Amason' (Carl Amason Blue Flag Iris)

Iris virginica 'Carl Amason' (Carl Amason Blue Flag Iris)

Sun to Part SunZone: 5-9 48" tall Origin: USA
Open House/Web-Only! This unique clone of our native Iris virginica was selected by Arkansas native plant guru, the late Carl Amason, from a population along the Ouachita River in southern Arkansas. It was subsequently named for Carl by another Arkansas plantsman, Larry Lowman. This vigorous 4' tall clone emerges with a nice purple flush to the new foliage and is later topped in early June with mauvy-pink flowers held on black-purple flower stalks. In 2 years, the deer-resistant clump can easily expand to 4' wide...happy in both regular garden soil as well as swamps. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #05518
$16.00  


Iris x louisiana 'Black Gamecock' (Black Gamecock Louisiana Iris)

Iris x louisiana 'Black Gamecock' (Black Gamecock Louisiana Iris)

SunZone: 6-10, at least 60" tall Origin: USA Hybrid
Open House/Web-Only! (Chowning 78) This award-winning, deer-resistant iris makes a huge, 5' tall clump of wide, iris-like foliage, topped in early May with stunning, Elvis-like, dark blue, velvet-colored flowers. Louisiana iris grows equally as well in moist soils as in 4" of standing water. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #07088
$16.00  


Iris x louisiana 'Brushfire Moon' (Brushfire Moon Louisiana Iris)

Iris x louisiana 'Brushfire Moon' (Brushfire Moon Louisiana Iris)

SunZone: 6-10, at least 36" tall Origin: USA Hybrid
Open House/Web-Only! (Pryor 94) This vigorous selection of Louisiana iris makes 3' tall x 5' wide deer-resistant clumps in just 3 years when grown in a moist, rich soil...shallow standing water is also just fine. The clumps are topped in late April through early May with 3' tall spikes of brilliant golden yellow flowers that make it glow like a giant lightning bug in the garden. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #07279
$16.00  


Iris x louisiana 'Cajun Love' (Cajun Love Louisiana Iris)

Iris x louisiana 'Cajun Love' (Cajun Love Louisiana Iris)

SunZone: 6-10, at least 30" tall Origin: USA Hybrid
Open House/Web-Only! (Rowlan 90) If you've been lonely at night, maybe a little 'Cajun Love' along with a heap of Zydeco music is just what the plant doctor ordered. This vigorous deer-resistant selection of Louisiana iris is topped in early May with large brownish-violet flowers, each highlighted by vivid yellow markings on the three falls. Louisiana iris grow equally well in moist soil or in up to 4" of standing water. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #07087
$16.00  


Iris x louisiana 'Handmaiden' (Handmaiden Louisiana Iris)

Iris x louisiana 'Handmaiden' (Handmaiden Louisiana Iris)

Sun to Part SunZone: 6-10, at least 24" tall Origin: USA Hybrid
Open House/Web-Only! (J. Ghio 81) This stunning and easy-to-grow Louisiana iris hybrid has been the rage in our garden for the last few years at our Spring Open House, so we finally got around to potting a few. The deer-resistant, evergreen, sword-like foliage is topped in early May with cinnamon reddish-brown flowers with bright yellow centers. I know the color sounds hard to believe, but this hybrid is incredible. For best results, Louisiana iris should be planted in a bog or in evenly moist garden soil. In 3 years, expect a 3' wide clump. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #03415
$16.00  


Iris x louisiana 'Joie de Vivre' (Joie de Vivre Louisiana Iris)

Iris x louisiana 'Joie de Vivre' (Joie de Vivre Louisiana Iris)

Sun to Part SunZone: 6-10, at least 36" tall Origin: USA Hybrid
Open House/Web-Only! (Pryor 97) Iris 'Joie de Vivre' is a Louisiana iris introduction from Heather and Bernard Pryor of Australia, who obviously have a great appreciation for our US native iris. For inquiring minds, 'Joie de Vivre' translates into "enjoyment of life." The flowers that top the clumps in late April through early May are a ruffled, reddish lavender-brown highlighted by a yellow central blotch. I'll bet that's not a color you've seen very often...unless you frequent some seedy downtown street corners. When growing in moist, rich soils, the vigorous deer-resistant clumps can easily reach 3' tall x 5' wide in three years. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #07280
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Iris x louisiana 'Now and Forever' (Now and Forever Louisiana Iris)

Iris x louisiana 'Now and Forever' (Now and Forever Louisiana Iris)

Sun to Part SunZone: 6-10, at least 36" tall Origin: USA Hybrid
Open House/Web-Only! (Pryor 97) This 1997 Louisiana iris introduction is an obscenely vigorous selection that makes a 3' tall x 8' wide patch in just three years...if you keep it happy. The massive deer-resistant clump is topped in late April through early May with large, lavender flowers with narrow, white borders. If you can provide good, moist, rich soils or even shallow standing water, this is a can't-miss plant for even the brownest of thumbs. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #07278
$16.00  


Iris x louisiana 'Professor Paul' (Professor Paul Louisiana Iris)

Iris x louisiana 'Professor Paul' (Professor Paul Louisiana Iris)

SunZone: 6-10 36" tall Origin: USA Hybrid
Open House/Web-Only! (J. Mertzweiller 80) This deer-resistant 1980 tetraploid introduction makes a robust 3' tall clump of vertical green leaves topped, starting in mid-May, with large, 5", light lavender-blue flowers. Iris 'Professor Paul' is equally at home in moist soils or 4" of standing water. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #07086
$16.00  


Iris x louisiana 'Red Velvet Elvis' (Red Velvet Elvis Louisiana Iris)

Iris x louisiana 'Red Velvet Elvis' (Red Velvet Elvis Louisiana Iris)

SunZone: 6-10 36" tall Origin: USA Hybrid
Open House/Web-Only! How can you resist a plant with such a wonderful name? Thanks to our friend Dr. Kevin Vaughn of Mississippi for breeding this appropriately named selection. Kevin's 1997 introduction was awarded the DeBallion Award in 2005...the highest honor for a Louisiana Iris. Iris 'Red Velvet Elvis' produces 3' tall spikes of large flowers made up of ruby falls and mauve standards (they aren't red unless you're color blind) starting in early May. As with all Louisiana iris, they can be grown in slightly moist soil or in shallow standing water. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #08905
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Iris x pseudata 'Aichi no Kagayaki' (Aching Tongue Iris)

Iris x pseudata 'Aichi no Kagayaki' (Aching Tongue Iris)

SunZone: 5-9 36" tall Origin: Hybrid
Despite the tongue-twisting name, which means "bright inspiration," we have really enjoyed this bizarre cross of Iris pseudacorus x Iris ensata. While it grows well in shallow water, we grow ours in dry sand where it is equally wonderful. The deer-resistant foliage emerges chartreuse-yellow in spring, highlighted by the large flowers in mid-May (NC). Each flower is light yellow, topped by an attractive brown marking near the base of the petals. As compared to the prolific-seeding I. pseudacorus, the best feature of Iris 'Aichi no Kagayaki' (my #@x@x* spell checker keeps insisting on Kawasaki) is its sterility...no garden abortions necessary. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #05794
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Iris x pseudata 'Chance Beauty' (Chance Beauty Eye-Shadow Iris (J. Ellis 1990))

Iris x pseudata 'Chance Beauty' (Chance Beauty Eye-Shadow Iris (J. Ellis 1990))

SunZone: 5-9 54" tall Origin: Hybrid
NEW! Iris 'Chance Beauty' is one of the most impressive of the sterile Iris x pseudata hybrids (Japanese iris x Yellow flag iris), and a winner of the prestigious Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit in 1998. The upright clump reaches a massive 54" tall, topped in May with clusters of bright yellow flowers, each highlighted by a cinnamon eyelash pattern that radiates out from the center to the petal edge. The iris x pseudatas are equally as happy in a bog as well as in typical garden soils. We recommend that they be divided every 3 years to maintain their vigor and size. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #09111
$18.00  


Iris x pseudata 'Kimboshi' (Ueki 71)

Iris x pseudata 'Kimboshi' (Ueki 71)

Sun to Part SunZone: 5-9, at least 24" tall Origin: Hybrid
Open House/Web-Only! Iris 'Kimboshi', which means "golden hat" in Japanese, is a 1971 hybrid of Iris pseudacorus x Iris ensata from Japan's Mr. Ueki. This sterile deer-resistant hybrid has amazing vigor and quickly forms a robust clump, topped in spring with large pale yellow flowers, each highlighted by a dark yellow eye-zone and dark lines radiating out into the three petals. Iris 'Kimboshi' prefers moist soils but also grows well as a marginal aquatic. Thanks to the late garden writer M.M. Graff for sharing her favorite iris with us just prior to her death at age 97. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #08274
$18.00  


Iris x robusta 'Dark Aura' (J. Hewitt 96)

Iris x robusta 'Dark Aura' (J. Hewitt 96)

SunZone: 4-9 36" tall Origin: USA Hybrid
(aka: I. virginica DeLuxe) This splendid Iris hybrid between US natives I. versicolor and I. virginica quickly became one of our favorites, as well as a favorite of the Royal Horticulture Society, who awarded it the 2005 Award of Garden Merit. The deer-resistant black-purple flushed new growth expands upward to 3' tall, topped throughout May (NC) with jet black scapes that hold violet-blue flowers just above the foliage. Iris 'Dark Aura' can be grown both in average garden soils or in shallow depths of standing water...simply superb. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #07945
$18.00  


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