Iris reticulata is a small wonder in early spring time. The colors are intensely rich and quite a revelation when nothing else is blooming in the garden. This miniature iris species is native to Russia, the Caucasus and northern Iran. The bulbs thrive best in a loose soil that dries out in summer. Think rock gardens or any spot where the soil is not heavy and water drains very quickly. Because they are about 4 inches tall, be sure to place Iris reticulata where you will see them up close when walking by. Plant bulbs in fall, a dozen or so in a single hole. Their early blooms provide a food source for honey bees. I took these photos in early April.
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