Irises have long been a popular flowering plant, so popular that the kings of France selected them as their emblem, the fleur-de-lis.
Reichenbachii bearded iris plants are often overlooked, perhaps because of their diminutive size and subtle coloration, thus growing Reichenbachii iris is more often the province of the collector. Don’t discount these little gems, however. Iris reichenbachii info tells us that these iris plants have something special to offer. Let’s learn more about these species irises.
About Reichenbachii Iris Plants
Reichenbachii bearded iris is a member of the species irises and, along with the more popular hybrid dwarf and median irises, grows via rhizomes. Like its cousins, this bearded iris flourishes in sunny areas with well-draining soils.
It is native to Serbia, Macedonia and into northeast Greece. These dwarf sized species irises bloom with one to two flowers at the top of the stalk. The little plants grow to about 4-12 inches (10-30 cm.) in height. The scant, albeit, quite large blooms can be seen in a variety of muted hues, from smoky violet to a blended yellow/brown.
Additional Iris Reichenbachii Info
As a garden specimen, Reichenbachii bearded iris may seem somewhat blah, but to a hybridizer, the makeup of this iris is pure magic. It turns out that Reichenbachii iris plants are quite unique in that they have chromosomes that are very similar to tall bearded irises and are compatible with them as well. Additionally, Reichenbachii bearded irises exist with both diploid (two chromosomes) and tetraploid (four sets) forms.
A hybridizer by the name of Paul Cook took one look at the fascinating genetics and thought he could cross breed Reichenbachii with the hybrid ‘Progenitor.’ Four generations later, ‘Whole Cloth’ arose, a hybridization sporting a new bicolor pattern.
Growing Reichenbachii Iris
Early summer bloomers, Reichenbachii bearded iris plants can be propagated via seed, rhizome or bare root plants. They should be planted in full sun in rich, well-draining soil. Plant rhizomes in the early fall and bare root plants immediately.
If sowing seeds, sow to a depth equal to their size and cover with fine soil. Germination is most rapid when temperatures are 60-70 F. (15-20 C.).
As with other bearded irises, Reichenbachii plants will spread throughout the years and should be lifted periodically to divide, separate and replant.