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Iris: Iris reticulata 'Harmony' (I. reticulata x I. histrioides major)

Botanical name: Iris reticulata 'Harmony' (I. reticulata x I. histrioides major)

Common name: Iris, Dwarf 'Harmony'

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Mercer island, Wa

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Soil: dry, alkaline, sand
Zones: 6a thru 9b

deer resistant, poisonous, drought tolerant

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Dwarf Iris 'Harmony' is an early spring bloomer. 'Harmony' will start your spring garden off on the right note. You're sure to recognize this classic dwarf iris, with its royal blue falls, lighter blue standard petals and yellow beard. Perfection in miniature! The plants are only 4 to 6 inches tall, and the miniature, velvety iris flowers bloom very early in the spring. The leaves are curious, like green horny-pointed antennae. The bulbs quickly produce offsets that multiply into generous drifts of color. [Zones 3 (2 with a heavy mulch) to 9] Dutch hybridizers created xiphium, iris in the early 1900s when they crossed Spanish iris (Iris latifolia) with other native Mediterranean species. Due to their dry-climate origins, these iris require dry, warm summer soil to ripen completely. They're the ideal spring bulbs to plant under a tree or in a rock garden where the soil is certain to dry out in summer. They thrive in a neutral to alkaline soil with excellent drainage. Also perfect for pots and window boxes!

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