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PlantFiles: Prairie Iris
Iris hexagona

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Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Species: hexagona (hek-sa-GON-uh) (Info)

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Class:
Species

Height:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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

Hardiness:
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)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Light Blue

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

Foliage:
Herbaceous

Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive NativePlantFan9 On Mar 7, 2005, NativePlantFan9 from Boca Raton, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

Dixie Iris or Prairie Iris (Iris hexagona) is native to many habitats in the southeastern United States, including wet sites, pastures, swamps, marshes as well as open, drier sites or seasonally dry/moist sites. It is found from South Carolina south to central Florida, west into Texas, and up the Mississippi Valley into Arkansas and Missouri. It has beautiful flowers ranging from deep purple violet with a yellow center to lighter purple with a yellow center or even to nearly light blue with a yellow center. The flowers may attract pollinating insects.

It is a perennial iris.

Regional...

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

Bartow, Florida
Lady Lake, Florida
Sebring, Florida
Coushatta, Louisiana
Fort Worth, Texas
Weatherford, Texas



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