The winter-flowering Iris stylosa springs into action sometimes as early as September and carries on into March/April. This iris is native to the north African coast but, surprisingly, is very cold resistent; it prefers to be grown in well-drained soil in full sun in order for it to give its best. In my view it is a splendid plant which I would not wish to be without. For best effect and in order for the leaves not to hide the low-growing flowers the foliage can be cut back strongly in the autumn just before flowering.
© Maciej Pomian-Srzednicki, 2008
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