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Re: SPEC: Iris tectorum.

From: z88keys@mindspring.com (L.Zurbrigg)

>From: "william b. cook" <billc@atlantic.net>
>> We have one clump of I. tectorum in full sun and one with dappled shade
>> of the day.  Both have done well.  And like Ellen, we have lots of the
>> mulch.  Maybe tectorum just doesn't the freeze-thaws that are experienced
>> zone 5?
>Maureen, Ellen, and all,
>     In Lexington, KY, we had many freeze-thaw cycles each winter.  My
>plants of Iris tectorum there were around a Dogwood Tree.  The leaves gave
>the plants dapple shade in the summer, protecting them from the often
>intense heat.  In the winter, when the sun was at a much lower angle, a
>neighbor's privacy fence and our house kept the base of that tree [and the
>Irises] in a shadow much of the time, that is on the few days the sun was
>     A similar exposure may be best for those farther north, who are in
>climates where like Kentucky, snow cover is not reliable.
>     Thinking of Iris tectorum, how does it perform at the other extreme?
>How far south in the Southeastern states can Iris tectorum be grown?
>Mark A. Cook
>Dunnellon, Florida.

Dear Mark:  When I lived in the foothills of Virginia in Radford, I learned
thatI. tectorum likes shade. Maybe it just resents drying, but I have grown
it in part-shade both there and here in Durham, NC, a much motter climate.
I have seedlings of it to bloom next year - at least they are large enough.
I appreciated the suggestion that they might need watering in weather like
our current, - very dry and quite warm.  I have both the blue and the
white, I prefer the latter, and think it may deserve the title of THE most
beautiful iris blossom. The seedlings are from the white form.  Lloyd
Zurbrigg Durham NC

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