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Iris setosa


Iris setosa, the bristle-pointed or Arctic iris has attractive violet, purple, or blue flowers with white and yellow markings.

Iris setosa, the bristle-pointed or Arctic iris, is distributed around the Arctic Ocean and down temperate coastlines into Alaska and BC in western North American and the Atlantic provinces in the east. It looks like a miniature version of a Siberian iris with attractive violet, purple, or blue flowers with white and yellow markings. Photo: Wikipedia.

Common Name: Arctic Iris

Family: Iridaceae (The Iris Family)

Zone Hardiness: 2-9

Light: Full Sun, Part Sun

Height: 8-12"

Width: 8-12"

Primary Bloom Colour: Blue

Secondary Bloom Colour: Purple

Class: Deciduous

Type: Perennial

Bloom Time: Spring - Summer

Soil Moisture: Average

Stem Colour:

Fragrance: No



Deer Resistant: Unknown

BC Native: No

Native Habitat: Wet peaty meadows, riversides and open woods, sometimes also in brackish bogs and shorelines.

Award: AGM

Geogrpahical Origin: Asia and the Pacific - Asia - China and Japan

Americas - North America

Europe and Africa - Europe and Western Russia

Asia and the Pacific - North Central and Eastern Asia

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