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Iris ensata 'Gusto'

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Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Species: ensata (en-SA-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Gusto
Hybridized by Marx; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1954

Synonym:Iris kaempferi

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Class:
Japanese (JA)

Height:
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Danger:
Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow
Dark Blue
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Midseason (M)
Late Midseason (MLa)
Late (La)

Foliage:
Herbaceous
Smooth-Textured

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
This plant is resistant to deer
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Awards (if applicable):
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1 positive
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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive daesaflgatorfan On May 23, 2011, daesaflgatorfan from Sumter, SC wrote:

These flowers are so beautiful, like a Southern Belle in her petticoats. I've personally seen this bloom in a deep purple, white with a pink rim, and a magenta so dark as to be almost black. To see more of these gorgeous flowers, this weekend, the 71st annual Iris Festival in Sumter, South Carolina will be held. Thousands of Japanese iris are in bloom right now, and shouldn't be missed.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Monroe, Connecticut
Gardiner, Maine
Southold, New York
Sallisaw, Oklahoma
Sarver, Pennsylvania
Sumter, South Carolina
Dickinson, Texas



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