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Re: Iris Compatible Plants

Hi Bill, I totally agree with you about the vinca.   I am a horticulture
major and have a Mother that has Vinca Minor that is generations old ( and I
do mean generations old.  I am the third generation if I wish to inherit
those plants).  I would never plant any Vinca around my TB's unless I want
more trouble than I can handle.   I also feel the same way about the Johnny
Jump Ups.   I don't have any on my property, but I have the wild violets all
over my yard from a neighbor planting 2 or 3 plants that she dug in the wild
10 years ago.  I am still fighting her violets that invaded my yard.  It
looks like I will be doing this for another 10 years.  I dig in one little
spot and have 25 - 35 plants (they are perennials) that I put on the compost
heap ( they really seem to love that so now I take them to the city compost
heap).   Johnny Jump Ups are pretty but do you want them or the Vincas when
you may want to put admenments to the soil?   Not me.   I have a mixed
border where some of my unname (I haven't found their name yet) along with
my roses, peonies, hardy hibiscus, autumn asters, dianthus, and creeping
phlox.  The roses are the closest in the exact requirements that iris like,
I just make sure that there is 4 feet (I raise antique roses) between
everything including my iris bunches.   I
Linda Simmons
Glenn & Linda Simmons  Springfield, Missouri
e-mail glennsimmons@msn.com or
gsimmons1@juno.com or lindaAsimmons@juno.com

-----Original Message-----
From: Bill Shear <BILLS@hsc.edu>
To: Multiple recipients of list <iris-l@rt66.com>
Date: Wednesday, February 25, 1998 9:43 AM
Subject: Re: Iris Compatible Plants

>>Vinca comes in two varieties - major and minor. Vinca minor is the ground
>>cover also known as periwinkle. I wouldn't expect it to be a good
>>for iris because of its tendency to spread. Vinca major is a bedding plant
>>that isn't very well known in the north. I saw a lot of it in Arizona last
>>spring. I'm assuming Bill is referring to Vinca Major? I can definitely
>>it planted in spaces between iris.
>The Vinca major I was talking about looks and acts just like Vinca minor,
>but is about twice the size in all its parts.  It is equally aggressive and
>hard to eliminate.  As Mark has pointed out the shrubby "Vinca" is
>Catharanthus, an annual.  I suspect that this is what you mean by "Vinca
>All this reminds me of trying to get "maple," "sycamore," and "plane tree"
>straight with a British colleague!  A good argument for using Latin names
>where ever possible.
>Funny little story: After we lived in England for a few months in 1993, my
>son, then 6, expressed a worry: "When we get home, will we remember our own
>Bill Shear
>Department of Biology
>Hampden-Sydney College
>Hampden-Sydney VA 23943
>FAX (804)223-6374

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