Could anyone please tell me what kind of Iris this is from the bulb? It has purple flowers in spring but they have been in a tub for years and I was going to put them in the garden
My thought is that it's a Dutch iris http://www.jparkers.co.uk/plant-1000648/dutch-iris-mixed/ - the sort that is popular with florists. Is that what the bloom looks like?
If it's early flowering - Feb/March - it's likely to be one of the reticulata/dwarf types. They only get to about 8"/10" in height. There's lots of varieties though so it would be difficult to tell exactly which one - even when it's in flower. They're not terribly long lived usually but very pretty
Or it could be one of the smaller Iris reticulata https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/21176/Iris-reticulata/Details
Thank you Dove that looks just the one They have been in that tub for a long,long time so I'm assuming they'd be fine chucked in the border?
Fairygirl - they are taller than that,maybe 2ft? And they flower more kind of April/May
Defo not one of those little ones
Then it's likely to be the Dutch type as Dove describes.
They're pretty too Fishy, but don't flower for long so best in amongst other perennials or annuals which will take over when they finish.