Eye-catching 3–5" flowers with deep wine-purple standards and falls, and lighter blue-purple styles. Semi-flared falls display prominent white and yellow signals with purple veining.
Formerly known as Contrast in Styles—different dopey name, same great iris. Z3. (bare-root crowns)
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In late June, delicate flowers dance above tall slender slate-green foliage that looks good all summer. Tolerates most conditions, but performs best in rich moist acid soil. Plant 18" apart in full sun or partial shade. Give them room to spread, and divide clumps every few years.
Herbaceous Perennial Plants
When you receive your order, open the bags and check the stock. Roots and crowns should be firm and pliable. Generally, a little surface mold is harmless and will not affect the plant’s future performance. If they are slightly dry, add a little water or, if they are going to be planted or potted up soon, wet the roots. If you do not plant or pot them up immediately, store them in a cool (35–40°) location for a short time.
Do not plant bare-root perennial plant crowns directly outdoors before danger of frost has passed. Wet and/or cold conditions for an extended period may cause rotting.
Pot up rootstock using well-drained potting mix in a deep 6" pot or a 1-gallon container. Avoid coiling the roots in under-sized containers. Grow newly potted perennials for a few weeks in a protected location in indirect light at 50–60°. Transplant outside once they show some top growth and the danger of frost has passed.