Irises forum: Iris in central Florida

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Name: Dan
Florida (Zone 9b)
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Jan 30, 2014 12:33 PM CST
I am in central Florida (Zone 9b) Does any one have any idea which varieties, if any, of Bearded Iris I can grow here? Dan
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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Jan 30, 2014 4:29 PM CST
very difficult to grow bearded there. There is a species sort of native to Florida, but I forget what it is.
Name: Kent Pfeiffer
Southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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Jan 30, 2014 5:38 PM CST


If you are set on bearded iris, you might try some of the varieties introduced by Walter Moores from Mississippi. Just type Moores in the Hybridizer box on this page:

Click "Search" and it will show you all of his irises. His iris are reputed to perform better in the Deep South than most.

You might also consider growing Louisiana Iris, instead. They are better adapted to the climate in that part of the world. They come in an amazing variety of colors and patterns these days.

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