Iris reticulata is a species of small bulbous flowering plant from the Iridaceae family, sub-section reticulata. Species and cultivars within this Reticulata group are characterised by the tunic of the bulb which is netted (reticulated) with fibres. In Botany, tunica refers to a membranous structure such as the spermoderm, or any loose membrane that is not part of the epidermis, or the coat of a bulb or corm.
|Iris reticulata 'Katharine Hodgkin' AGM|
There is one issue though, after flowering the bulbs often split and may take several years to reach flowering size again.
They are a hardy plant native to Russia, the Caucasus, and northern Iran, and prefer a well-drained sunny position in soil which dries out in summer. This makes them idea for planting in a rock or gravel garden, and even pots and containers
The species and its cultivars 'George' and 'Katharine Hodgkin' have gained the Award of Garden Merit (AGM) from Royal Horticultural Society .
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