Transplanting Irises - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Leslie Brockman
St. Leonard, MD
Question by brockman
May 30, 1999
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 from NGA
May 30, 1999


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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