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Friday, April 24, 2015

Pacific Coast Iris in My Garden

One of the first plants that I got for free at my first PNW plant exchange, several years ago when we first moved here, was a number of different Pacific Coast Iris hybrids. They've been divided once since then, and are blooming now.

This one was labeled 'Broadleigh Rose.'

It starts out more orange when it first opens, and ages to a lighter shade.

I've lost the tag for this one. It's pretty, but I prefer the colors in 'Broadleigh Rose.'

I love the veins on all of them.

I featured this one, called 'Fruit Market,' in a recent post. It was the first to start blooming.

Like 'Broadleigh Rose' the flowers age to a lighter shade.

Do you notice anything odd about this one? It has four falls, instead of three like all the others.

I wonder if that makes it lucky, like finding a four-leaf clover.

I remember being surprised that there were Irises that were West Coast natives. I always thought of Irises as exotic things. Dividing and transplanting them can be tricky, but so far I've had fair luck with that. They're ok being out of the ground overnight as long as the roots don't dry out, and as long as you dig them at the right time of year (late winter/early spring). I usually put the divisions into a pail of water if I know I won't be able to get to them the same day that I dig them up.

You can read more about Pacific Coast Irises at this link: Society for Pacific Coast Native Iris.


  1. Glad to hear your success with them, a potentially tricky group of plants. The blooms look very exotic, reminding me of orchid blooms even.

  2. I just got my first PCI last week, a gift from Riz.

  3. I guess there are irises native everywhere. Ours are not as brilliantly colored as yours, just plain yellow and plain blue. Are 'German' irises really from Germany?

    I think the trick to iris is not to heap soil over the roots. Half a century ago we used to transplant them in August. I don't know if that's still stylish or not.

  4. I believe I have some from you and I love them soooo much! I am creating an 'iris' garden and can't wait to collect more :)

  5. The one I got from you bloomed last year, looking a lot like that first one...maybe a little browner in its coloring. I LOVE it, so thanks again. It is going great guns with no coddeling.

  6. I love those Iris! I am TB ones blooming now and I've grown Siberian and Japanese in another state, but I need to try some PCI.

  7. Beautiful! For some reason, I've never had good luck with them here.

  8. We have a few Pacific Coast Irises but you are ahead of us, mine aren't showing their buds yet. Broadleigh Gardens is where I bought mine many years ago, it is only an hour from here, they do a lot of breeding with their iris. Such pretty flowers.

  9. So so pretty! the colour and patterns on the petals are so intricate. Sometimes it takes a photo to make me look really closely at a plant.

  10. Be still my heart every time I see I wish they would love my sad I can't have them. Lucky you!

  11. Beautiful! Do all the iris on that plant have four falls or is it a single bloom? You could use it to make some fancy new hybrid!

  12. Absolutely beautiful! I especially like the one in the 4th and 5th photos. I just saw some PCI at Adelman Peony Garden this weekend. I guess I wasn't aware of them before that. I have many bearded iris in my garden; hoping to add some of these PCI eventually.
    Thanks for sharing the lovely photos.


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