Iris unguicularis

Iris unguicularis

Algerian Iris is a purple-flowering rhizomatous Iris native to northern Africa and the western Mediterranean region.┬áIt is said to bloom in late Winter, but here we are in early January and it is blooming for us. The petals on this 3 inch flower are a delicate lavender with white and gold markings down the throat of the falls. It has dark green strappy leaves that are about 12″ to 18″ tall. The flowers sit a little below the leaf tips.

Pronunciation: EYE-ris un-gwee-kew-LAIR-iss

Species Meaning: a small or narrow claw

Iris unguicularis is native to northern Africa and the western Mediterranean.

Cultivation Notes

This is one Iris that can tolerate a certain amount of shade. Drought tolerant once established.

Propagation Notes

Propagate by division after flowering, but it does not like to be disturbed and should be given plenty of water for the first year after division.

Additional Information

syn. Iris stylosa

In Our Garden

Plant ID: P23090

Found in Pots,

We acquired this plant from Thompson's Nursery.

Family: Iridaceae

Genus: Iris

Species: unguicularis

Commonly known as: Algerian Iris

Height: <3ft

Spread: <3ft

Growth Habit:
Flowering
Perennial
Rhizome
Sun Needs:
Full Sun
Part Shade
Part Sun
Soil Type:
Well-drained
Season of Interest:
Winter
Dormancy:
Summer
Zone:
Zn7a - down to 0F

Resistant to Deer.

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