Iris (Hermodactylus) tuberosa
Graceful and unusual iris
An often overlooked but beautiful flower for the early spring garden. It is an excellent cut flower and the subtle fragrance intensifies in a warm room or in full sunshine.
Green flowers marked with purple-brown and unusual 4-cornered foliage. Also known as the snakes head or widow iris.
Month: March / April
Light: full sun
Soil: well drained
Bulb size: top size
A native of Southern Europe, found in Greece, Spain and Turkey.
Care: plant 10cm deep in autumn. H. tuberosa needs a sheltered spot as its stems can bend easily in strong winds. It is hardy, the leaves will emerge before Christmas and the flower spikes in early spring. Needs a dry, warm position when dormant in summer. Grows on poor, rocky slopes in its native environment.