Iris 'Dusky Challenger'
Dark-purple frilled flowers with black beards on a stately stem that’s almost top-heavy with flower and there’s a unique chocolate scent too
- Position: full sun
- Soil: well-drained, moderately fertile soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: May to June
- Hardiness: fully hardy
A real showstopper this. A stately, bearded iris with huge, ruffled iridescent, purple-blue blooms on strong stems that appear in early summer, each stem carrying up to 13 buds. This is one of the best dark purple-blue irises and looks stunning with other blue and purple flowering plants. Try it dotted around a gravel garden, or in groups in a herbaceous border.
- Garden Care: Plant shallowly with the upper part of the rhizome sitting on the surface of the soil, incorporating a low nitrogen fertiliser in the planting hole. After planting remove the upper-most third of the leaves to protect against wind-rock. In exposed areas stake with bamboo canes in early spring. Divide and replant about every three years.
- Harmful if eaten
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