Yellow explosion in macro

♥⊱ B. Randi Bailey

Largo, United States

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Yellow explosion in macro-a closer version of my “Yellow explosion.” Assuming this is a young yellow dwarf iris.or iris danfordiae. Description below. Captured at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo, Florida, USA.

Iris Danfordiae—from Kemper Center for Home Gardening

Common Name: iris
Zone: 5 to 9
Plant Type: Bulb
Family: Iridaceae
Missouri Native: No
Native Range: Turkey
Height: 0.25 to 0.5 feet
Spread: to 0.25 feet
Bloom Time: March – April Bloom Data
Bloom Color: Primrose yellow (with tiny dark spots on the falls)
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low

General Culture: Click for monthly care information.

Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Soil needs to stay relatively dry in summer in order for the bulbs to set buds for the following year. Plant bulbs 3-4” deep and space 3-4” apart in fall. Bulbs tend to separate into offsets or bulblets after bloom (particularly when planted shallowly), with each new bulblet requiring several years to mature. Although bulbs can be dug and divided (offsets removed) after bloom, it is probably best to do this only if flowering has significantly declined. In order to insure consistent flowering from year to year, it is an option to plant supplemental bulbs each fall, or to grow this plant as an annual by planting new bulbs each fall.

Noteworthy Characteristics:

This is a yellow-flowered reticulata iris. It is a low-growing bulbous iris that blooms in March to early April in the St. Louis area, at about the same time as snowdrops (Galanthus), glory-of-the-snow (Chionodoxa) and the early crocuses. Bright primrose-yellow, 2” diameter flowers with tiny brown or black spots on the falls appear on naked stems (scapes) growing 4” tall. Narrow, grass-like leaves elongate to 12” after bloom, but eventually disappear by late spring as the plants go dormant. Flowers have a sweet fragrance.

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