Iris reticulata

("Dwarf iris")

Iris reticulata

A very early bloomer which, despite its name, has a flower that is quite large relative to the plant as a whole. This violet-purple species with several different varieties can naturalize and is especially appropriate in rock gardens. Its dramatic appearance is diminished somewhat by the many narrow leaves it develops during flowering.

What You Need To Know Before You Plant:

When Will This Flower Bloom?

Early Spring

When Should I Buy and Plant These Bulbs?


What Kind of Light Does This Bulb Prefer?

Full sun to partial shade

What Color Will the Flower Be?

Shades of blue and purple

How Far Apart Should I Plant These Bulbs?

3 in / 8 cm

How Deep Should I Dig?

4 in / 10 cm

How Tall Will It Grow?

4-5 in / 10-12 cm

Recommended Number of Bulbs Per Square Foot?


Is It Deer/Critter Resistant?


How Can I Best Use It in My Landscaping?

In borders, rock gardens and under trees and shrubs.

Other Popular Varieties

(Besides the species itself); 'Alida' (soft clear blue), 'Cantab' (flax blue), 'Harmony' (dark blue with some yellow) and 'J.S. Dijt' (deep purple with some yellow).

About the Family

Iris Family

Iris is a genus of more than 250 species of flowering plants with showy flowers. It takes its name from the Greek word for rainbow referring to the wide variety of flower colors found among the various species. The two main basic types of iris are the bulbous ones (which we describe here) and the rhizomatous ones which are considered perennials (the most familiar being Iris germanica and Iris sibirica).

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