Iris x 'Beale Street' (Iridaceae)
Deep in the swamps of Louisiana, and along the Gulf Coast from Texas to Florida, five native species of beardless Iris have naturally hybridized to create the Louisiana Iris. Largely overlooked until recently, these Irises have proved extremely hardy and adaptable, surviving as far north as zone 4 with proper protection. They donít need to be in a bog or swamp, but do need moist soil in full to almost full sun for best flowering. Foliage can be attractive in more shady locations, but blooms diminish as shade increases. Graceful strappy leaves persist through winter in the Deep South and quickly resprout after a freeze. Snip seed pods, as seedlings will not be true; for more bloom, lift and divide every few years. Plant along the edge of a pond, in a low wet spot, or in a sunny bed.
Bloom period: late-spring
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