Walking Iris... Blue Delft of the flower world
Early this morning this beauty opened, white petals first and then the blue ones inside! I love the Blue Delft coloration, the wonderful patterns on the blue petals and on the base of the stamens repeated in red brown.
The Walking Iris, also known as the twelve apostles, grows in grassy clumps. The plant can grow from 1-5 feet high and wide. A mighty appearance to be sure. The leaves are flat swords about one inch wide.
The flowers are like miniature iris blooms and appear as if they are walking away from the plant on their long stems. Generally, the bloom will appear when the plant is pot bound or two years in age. Often in a fast growing situation or a warmer zone, this will happen in one year. In colder zones, this plant needs to come inside for the winter. In warmer zones they can be planted in the ground.
The best growing condition is sun to half shade, especially if it is morning sun. As always, a well drained soil is required - although the plant can tolerate a moist situation.
Propagation is very easy. After each bloom air roots, a small plant will grow. Either set the plant in a 4-inch pot of soil still attached to the mother plant or snip and repot. Both methods work find. Even water rooting may work. Keep moist and wait until the plant is pot bound before moving it up to the next pot size.
Walking iris are very versatile. They can be used in borders, beds or containers. In hanging baskets or as a houseplant.
Walking Iris, Neomarica, Iridaceae
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Miami FL