The Q&A Archives: Transplanting Irises

Question: I would like to transplant some iris that was given to me. I do not know what type it is. I know it is not bearded iris, and by the description in one of your other questions - maybe they are Dutch Iris. (Thin long leaves, beautiful purple, small and delicate looking flowers.) Do they need shade or can they tolerate full sun?

Answer: Iris grow best in full sun. (Most iris will tolerate light shade, but they flower most freely in full sun.) Dutch irises grow from bulbs, while Japanese and siberian (and bearded) iris grow from rhizomes (fleshy underground roots). Perhaps this will help you distinguish what type you have.

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