Blue Flag, Dagger Flower, Water Iris, Liver Lily 'Murrayana'

Iris versicolor

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Species: versicolor (VER-suh-kuh-lor) (Info)
Cultivar: Murrayana
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Class:

Species (SPEC)

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

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:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Midseason (MLa)

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Smooth

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

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):

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Exeter, New Hampshire

, Newfoundland and Labrador

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Jul 11, 2006, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:

Interesting stroy behind this cultivar. It was discovered in Newfoundland in the 1930's and not seen since. Fernald named the selection after the discoverer, Mr. Murray. Mr. Murray sent the plant to a Mrs. Ayre, a noted botanist in St. John's, Newfoundland, at the time. She sent it to a friend in the UK. The plant has been known in the UK since and more recently has made it back to North America. I was given two plants last year from a grower in New England (New Hampshire I think) and so the selection has been repatriated back to Newfoundland after some 70 years!

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