Rich, deep purple ruffles make the gigantic blooms (up to 8") of this Dykes Medal winner a must-have for fine bouquets and breathtaking back borders. Try intermingling with other blues or whites for a stunning effect in the garden. Blooms in mid to late spring. Full sun to partial shade. Iris germanica 'Dusky Challenger'
Iris germanica 'Dusky Challenger'
Sun Exposure:Full Sun, Partial Shade
Spread:18 - 24 inches
Spacing:18 - 24 inches
Flowering Date:Midseason to late flowering. (Mid to late spring)
Planting Instructions:Set rhizome so bottom half is below ground level. Firm well and water thoroughly. Plant where they will get at least 5 hours of sun per day.
Winter Care:Mulch in colder climates and remove in early spring before growth starts.
Flower Form:Flowers are fan-shaped, with three drooping petals called falls and three upright petals called standards. Up to 8"
Foliage Type:Glaucous-green, sword-like fans of stiff upright leaves with some dying back in colder climates in winter.
Pruning:Remove spent flower stems after blooming. In late fall, cut back foliage to 6" fans. Clean plant debris before winter to prevent borers overwintering.
Soil Requirement:Well drained preferred. Quite tolerant of a wide range of soils.
Watering Requirement:Average water needs. Water regularly, do not overwater
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