Here's yet another really nice clone of Iris verna from corn on the Cobb Co, GA! I've grown out some other verna clones, and to be honest, they're not very colorful or showy...seems like the quality of the flowers vary greatly in this species.
To recap, Iris verna is an incredibly easy to grow Sarracenia companion plant. It resists freezing in the winter just like Sarracenias (of course, there are exceptions to this generalization), and flower production is staggered, so the show continues on for several weeks despite the short life of each individual bloom. When it's cold, the flowers last about 5 days, but when we have normal temperatures, the flowers last maybe 2 days. It's nice to have these plants because they bloom before most Sarracenia produce pitchers.
Growth-wise, I keep these outdoors all year round, and they do need a winter dormancy period to bloom. These are bullet proof, but you still want to use reverse osmosis or water low in total dissolved solids. Feeding-wise, they can tolerate stronger fertilizers than Sarracenias, but lower than the average garden Iris plant. During the grow season, I like to feed them 1 time per month with a 16-16-16 maxsea fertilizer, 1/2-3/4 strength. Soil is 100% peat moss.
No matter what the lighting, I can never quite capture the exact color of this species in the pic, it always turns out bluish, but in person, it's more of a neon violet or purple color, it's incredibly showy and impressive! Nevertheless, they still look pretty amazing, pics taken 3/23/20:
Love irises...trying to sprout more of my locality I. missouriensis seeds and I. chrysophylla right now (nothing doing yet, but I think I know a couple reasons why), and the collector in me wants this one now...
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sanguinearocks101: What are good plants to make hybrids with S. luecophylla with? Im looking for dark colors.
Sept 10, 2020 18:46:52 GMT -5
adaetz100: Sarracenia purpurea tends to add a lot of red/purple to its offspring, but there are some lovely dark red flava x leucophylla crosses too. Look up 'Royal Ruby' if you're not familiar with it already--it's a natural flava x leuco hybrid
Sept 22, 2020 20:15:04 GMT -5
sarrseens: How about $50
Oct 3, 2020 10:35:54 GMT -5