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PlantFiles: Miniature Dwarf Bearded Iris
Iris 'Aurora Sea'

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Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Aurora Sea
Hybridized by Ritchie; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1998

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Class:
Miniature Dwarf Bearded (MDB)

Height:
under 6 in. (15 cm)
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Danger:
Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)
Medium Blue
Blue-Violet
Silver/Gray

Bloom Time:
Late Midseason (MLa)

Foliage:
Herbaceous

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

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

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive laurief On Oct 21, 2005, laurief from Deer River, MN (Zone 3b) wrote:

Most miniature dwarf beardeds (MDBs) do quite well in my growing conditions. This northern MN zone 3b climate inflicts severe, extended cold during the winter months, often with little snow cover for insulation. The summer growing season is short with temps that sometimes exceed 90 degrees F. My soil is very heavy, compacted clay with a slightly acid pH, though I grow my irises in well-amended, raised beds or windrows with improved friability and drainage. A large local deer population frequently tramples and sometimes grazes on my irises in early spring and late fall. Iris borers are present but managed successfully with a granular systemic grub control product. Weeds are abundant and only occasionally beaten back by an admittedly lazy gardener (yours truly). Fertilization is inconsistent, when provided at all. Different beds range from full sun to barely 5-6 hrs of sun a day.

AURORA SEA is among my favorite MDBs. It's beautifully blended colors are as unique as they are entrancing. Growing and/or climatic conditions markedly influence the color saturation of this iris's flowers. My only criticism is that this cultivar does not bloom as prolifically as many other MDBs, though it does bloom reliably each year. Increase is average. I highly recommend this cultivar.

Laurie

Regional...

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

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Durham, Maine
Deer River, Minnesota
Robertsville, Missouri
Shepherd, Montana
Pittsford, New York
Coshocton, Ohio
Greeneville, Tennessee



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