Common Name: Dwarf iris
Cultivar: 'Katharine Hodgkin'
Skill Level: Beginner
Exposure: Full sun
Soil type: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline
Time to divide plants: July to September
A delightful dwarf iris that is equally at home in the garden or the alpine house. The flowers which are produced in late February and early March are larger than most other dwarf irises. Each delightful creamy white bloom is covered with distinctive blue veining. Plant the bulbs 5-10cm (2-4in) apart at twice their own depth in well-drained, moderately fertile soil in sun or partial shade. To propagate, divide bulbs from mid-summer to early autumn to increase stocks. Surround clumps with a layer of sharp grit to prevent them from being ruined by soil splashed up by rain drops.
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