Common name: Dwarf iris
Flower color: purple, light and dark blue
Flowering period: February - March
Average plant height: 4 inches
Planting depth to base of bulb: 4 inches
Spacing between bulbs: 4 inches
Type of bulb: true bulb
Light requirements: full sun to partial shade
Landscape uses: borders, rock gardens, and under trees and shrubs
These dwarf irises, which originally came from such areas as Turkey and the Caucasus, are cultivated on a fairly large scale. They bloom very early in the season. The flower is quite large in relationship to the plant as a whole, and the flower color of the species is violet-purple. I. reticulata are especially appropriate for use in rock gardens. Naturalizing is possible. One drawback is that they develop many leaves during the flowering stage, diminishing an otherwise dramatic appearance.
There are many different cultivars available.