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Walking Apostle Iris Neomarcia White Blue Bog Shade Bog Plant


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The White Walking or Apostle Iris is a lovely old heirloom plant has a long and rich pass-a-long history. It has graced the shaded areas of homesteads, farms, ranches and plantations across the Southern United States for many generations.

Walking Iris is native to Central America. It has become naturalized in some areas, but there is debate as to exactly when and how it made it's way here.

This is one of the plants that is often seen in old landscapes, but is not commonly available in the commercial nursery trade.

These are called Walking Iris because the long stem where the short lived flowers are born arch over and touch the soil when the bloom is spent, and new a plantlet will form, so they will quickly 'walk' to cover and expand.

The name Apostle Iris because it was commonly thought it would not flower until 12 fans were present, as is often the case, however in reality fans of 6 to 8 blades with bloom are just as common.

The foliage is long, deep green and lance like. Mature height is about 2 to 3 feet. In the late winter to early spring, the plant produces 3 foot spikes that are tipped with white iris bearing brown speckled stripes and blue centers. The flowers are lightly fragrant and typically last one day, but continue to flower over a period of several weeks in the spring.

Available Size

4 Inch Pots - Mature, well rooted starter size plants, growing and shipped in a 4 inch plastic pot, plant will be a minimum of about 8 to 10 inches tall and unlikely to have bloom or bud at the time of shipping.

Botanical Name Neomarcia gracilis
Common Name Walking or Apostle Iris
Plant Family Iriodes
Mature Size 2-3 feet
Bloom Color White/Blue
Bloom Form Iris
Bloom Time Spring
Zone 8, 9, 10, 11
Light Requirements Best in light to moderate shade
Fragrance Light
Water Requirements Moderate to heavy
Key Features Easy to grow, low maintenance
Suggested Uses Borders, Bogs, Water Gardens, Naturalizing, Mass Planted Shae
Grower Notes Beautiful easy to grow iris


Direct planting of 4 inch starter size plants is not recommended, so for the best results with your new plant, we recommend it be repotted and allowed to grow larger before setting out in a tropical to subtropical landscape. 

When the new pot has filled with roots and the plant is larger, then here a few hints for successful growing in the landscape in Zones 9, 10, and 11.  can be grown as a potted plant indefinitely.

  • Plant in fertile, slightly acidic soil soil. Amend with high quality organic material as needed.
  • Locate in light to moderate shade.
  • Provide supplemental irrigation, maintain consistent moisture.
  • Feed a good quality, slow release, bloom boosting fertilize with the initial planting and twice yearly in the early Spring and early Fall thereafter.
  • Thin or remove plantlets as needed. 
  • Protect from frost and freeze for the best year round appearance. Well established plants in Zones 9A and 8 will resprout following frost.






  • Model: IRI-NEO-WT-04
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1lbs
  • 12 Units in Stock

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