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Walking Iris in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Neomarica Gracilis

 

Walking Iris

Neomarica Gracilis has sword-like foliage, blue and white flowers that an iris. The blooms are short-lived but the plant will continue to flower throughout spring, summer and autumn. New plantlets are formed at the tip of the flower stalk and bends to take root in the soil.

 
plant Features
  • Walking Iris likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Walking Iris likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Walking Iris is frost hardy: 23f (-5°c)

    Frost Hardy: 23F (-5°C)

  • Walking Iris likes light and free draining

    Light and free draining

 
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plant information

Common name

Walking Iris

Latin name

Neomarica Gracilis

type

Herbaceous Perennials

family

Iridaceae

ph

6.0 - 7.0 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Walking Iris likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Walking Iris is frost hardy: 23f (-5°c)

    Frost Hardy: 23F (-5°C)

  • Soil

    Walking Iris likes light and free draining

    Light and free draining

  • Water

    Walking Iris likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant
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    When the plant will bloom

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Walking Iris is 0.50meters x 0.60meters 0.50 M 0.60 M

Neomarica Gracilis

Neomarica Gracilis has sword-like foliage, blue and white flowers that an iris. The blooms are short-lived but the plant will continue to flower throughout spring, summer and autumn. New plantlets are formed at the tip of the flower stalk and bends to take root in the soil.


Planting in late Summer

From Mid Summer TO Late Summer

Ideally the Iris plant would need to be planted in a sunny spot so that it can receive at least six hours of sun a day as well as being planted in well drained but moist soil. They do well near water but should be at least 6 inches above water level. Avoid hoeing around the base of the plants as the roots are near the surface and easily damaged. Plenty of mulch can help avoid weed growth around them, although rhizomatous varieties should not be mulched, as this could rot the rhizomes.

 

Propagating by division

From Mid Autumn TO Late Autumn

Split the irises every year, immediately after flowering has ended. At this point the early summer leaves and flower stems have started to die back, and the late summer leaves have started to grow. Split individual plants with a light spade, leaving the part to be retained undisturbed in the soil. Remove about 30-50% of the total plant mass. The aim is to leave plants about the size that would fit under an A5 sheet of paper. After splitting, cut back the early-summer leaves on the remaining plants, and cut or break off the flower stems. Finally, top-dress the plants.

 

Flowering Season

From Mid Spring TO Late Autumn

As the genus is complex, the flowering characteristics vary greatly however, as a generalisation, Iris blooms start to appear during spring and depending on variety, may be evident throughout the summer and into autumn.

 

Planting bulbs

From Late Summer TO Early Autumn

The bulbs should be planted in late Summer or Autumn, and only about 2in deep. Great care must be taken when planting this iris not to damage the fleshy roots. Add coarse grit and bone meal before planting.

 
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