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Species Iris (SPEC)

Depending on who you ask, there are between 250 and 300 species of iris in the world.

Margaret and I love pure species iris. Over the years we have grown around 125 different species iris. Though we enjoy all of them, some stay in the garden, and some move on. We currently have about 100 different species in the garden. All come from the northern hemisphere of our planet and are widely distributed. From our local Pacific Coast Natives to iris from the swamps of Louisiana; Iris setosa (Alaska wild iris) from the arctic tundra, to the many spectacular species from the deserts of the Middle East. If you’re a species geek (and why wouldn’t you be?) there is a species of iris for any environment.

We are happy to say that 2021 will be a big year for Species iris in our garden. Our local club will be hosting the Society for Siberian Irises National Convention. With it will be a special feature on Species iris. We have added 30 species of iris to our collection in 2018 and expect another influx this year. There will be a Species Trek around our garden led by Jan Sacks of Joe Pye Weed Gardens. This will be a great experience for all iris lovers as we get to learn about all different types of iris in one event.

Please contact us for cultural requirements and growing instructions for any of the SPEC iris we list.

I. carthaliniae 'Georgian Delicacy'

(Shafer/Sacks, 1998) (30") A named form of I. cathalinniae. Pale blue.

$10.00
I. ensata variegata

(36") Silver green and cream foliage with a typical species flower. 100% stable variegation.

$10.00
I. graminea

(8") A dwarf Spuria species native to Southern Europe, Spain to Russia. Purple, plum scented flowers.

$6.00
I. graminea var. pseudocyperus

(16") A dwarf Spuria species native to the Czek Republic, Slovania, etal.  Larger and more robust than our other I. graminea type.

$6.00
I. laevigata 'Semperflorens'

(28") A true water loving iris. Nice blue violet flower. The name suggests rebloom, but I have yet to see it. I keep hoping!

$10.00
I. laevigata 'Shirasagi'

(Mahan, 1992) (28") 6 falls - A true water loving iris. White with a violet ridge on the prominent style arms.

$10.00
I. orientalis

(30") One of the large spuria species from Greece up to Turkey. White flower with a yellow signal.

$8.00
I. ruthenica var. nana

From China, small light lavender flowers over fine green foliage. Blooms at about 8" for us.

$10.00
I. sintenisii

(4") Our smallest Spuria species.  Blue violet flowers. Adoreable!

$6.00
I. versicolor 'Candystriper'

(Warburton, 1991) (25") White with pale rose veining. Vigorous with more than enough flowers!

$10.00
I. versicolor 'Cloud Of Dragons'

(Moran, 2009) (13") White veined violet. Vigorous and grows taller than the registered height for us.

$12.00
I. versicolor 'More Raspberries Please'

(Butler, 2016) (24") Raspberry pink with a white blaze around a subtle yellow signal.

$12.00
I. versicolor 'Mysterious Monique'

(Knoepnadel, 1992)(36") Red violet standards over almost black falls. Very striking!

$10.00
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‘I’ve have ordered a large number of iris over the past couple years from Cascadia. Patrick and Margaret have been stellar to work with. I’m very picky and they have been able to accommodate my requests and also keep me very well educated on iris culture. All of their iris I ordered were healthy and strong—every one came back the next year. The pictures of their iris are very accurate as well—no weird color treating. I will continue to work with CIG in the future! Thank you Patrick and Margaret!’

Jeremy M. Overland Park, KS

"I have purchased Japanese Iris from Cascadia Iris Gardens for the past 3 years. I have always received very healthy iris, whether I purchased them spring or fall. I have never been disappointed. That is why I always come back. I am looking forward to seeing their 2018 selection."

Linda M. Monroe, CT

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