Louisiana Irises

May 18, 2018

Credit SC Public Radio

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Louisiana irises have been the subject of major breeding efforts – some natural occurring and others the results of human crosses between several native America iris species. Sadly, their natural habitat – the bogs of Louisiana   – has been dramatically reduced in size. The good news is you can help ensure their survival by adding them to your garden. Although they’ll  grow happily in a foot of water they’ll do fine   alongside other flowering perennials growing in irrigated  garden beds rich in organic matter The color spectrum is amazing – purples, blues, coppers, the unusually-named Black Gamecock cultivar, but also softer pinks, roses, and yellows. As for size, the largest are really giants – up to six feet tall, but for smaller spaces or to grow in pots you can find them from several feet in height to as small as four inches.