Iris For Pond? - Knowledgebase Question

Harveys Lake, PA
Question by gardenwallga
July 25, 2000
Is there a type of Iris that I can plant in my shallow pond?(I really love the white orenital iris), I am in zone 5 in N.E. Pa. I plan on wintering over my plants on the bottom of my 21" pond.I am going to purchase a bubbler to keep the water moving and the fish happy over the winter.


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Answer from NGA
July 25, 2000

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Iris that can be grown in very moist or waterlogged soil in your zone (the following are rated zones 4 to 11) would include Iris pseudoacorus or yellow water iris and Iris versicolor or the wild blue iris; these will grow in up to six inches of water. Although it is often grown with only normal moisture levels, Iris siberica or Siberian Iris will tolerate up to an inch of water and Japanese Iris or Iris ensata which prefers a moist soil will tolerate up to 2 inches of water. These are grown as marginal plants or planted along the edge of the pond in a moist spot rather than submerged.

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