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. These are well established, actively growing plants, not bare root slips or rhizome divisions.
The Louisiana Iris is a part of the very large Iris or Iridacea Plant Family. The Louisiana Iris are a group of five species native to Louisiana Iris fulva, Iris brevicaulis, Iris hexagona, Iris giganticaerulea, and Iris nelsonii. Some of these species are also native to other Southern and Southeastern states, but Louisiana is the only area where all five can be found in their native habitats. These species will cross pollinate and interbreed readily within the pool of the five, but not with other species. There are thousands of hybrids in an endless array of color combinations, some naturally occurring and others by the design of dedicated hobbyists and horticulturists who just love the plants. And there is plenty about them to love.
They are easy to grow, span a wide range of climates, and while they prefer moist, boggy soils, and so make wonderful additions to ponds and aquatic designs, but they can also be successfully grown on higher ground, or as potted plants. They are reasonably pest free.
In warmer climates, they are primarily evergreen, and begin to look their best in the Fall and Winter when other plants are generally not at their peak. Their dormant period is mid summer, when it's generally too hot in the tropics and sub-tropics to be outdoors anyway. A good offset to this is to give them other summer bloom plants as bedfellows.
For those of us in the tropics who have been forced to either admire those lovely Dutch, Japanese and Siberian Irises in pictures, love them for a few fleeting months each year before losing them to the sauna conditions of tropical summers, discovering the beautiful Louisiana Iris is a true gardening epiphany. They are as versatile and resilient as they are beautiful.
The Full Eclipse Louisana Iris is a complex hybrid derived from the five indigenous species hybridized by Ben Hager and introduced in 1997. Large velvety, royal purple (a purple so deep it's nearly black) flowers with small golden yellow signal markings lined in black emerge from large, elongated, vertical, strap foliage averaging 2 to 3 feet in height, beginning in the mid to late spring to early summer. The deep, strikingly dramatic flowers are simply stunning mass planted bed or border.
||Lousiana Iris Full Eclipse
||2 to 3 feet
||Non Bearded Iris
||Mid spring to early summer
||6B, 7, 8, 9, 10
||Slight to none
||Versatile, showy, easy to grow
||Mass plant, borders, mixed beds, naturalize, pots
||All parts are toxic
Starter size plants can be direct planted into the landscape with good care. Here are a few hints for successful growing within the recommended USDA Zone Range (6B, 7, 8, 9, 10)
Plant in fertile slightly acidic soil
Locate in full sun to very light dappled shade
Space about 1 to 2 feet apart
Cover roots and shallow rhizomes with thick layer of mulch
Supply supplemental irrigation to maintain consistent moisture
Feed a good quality slow release fertilize with the initial planting.
Inspect regularly for symptoms of pests or disease and treat promptly.
In Zones 6B, 7, 8 grow potted and wait to plant until August. Mulch heavily.
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