Plant identified by Oron Peri as Iris sibirica

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David Dickinson

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Plant identified by Oron Peri as Iris sibirica
« on: December 21, 2017, 02:09:56 AM »
It is growing in a garden in Leeds  UK and flowered there last May. I have been given a clump and I am wondering where to put it in Rome. Full sun in Leeds and full sun in Rome are not quite the same thing. Any suggestions?
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I have a small garden in Rome, Italy. Some open soil, some concrete, some paved. Temperatures in winter occasionally down to 0C. Summer temperatures up to 40C in the shade. There are never watering restrictions but, of course, there is little natural water for much of June, July and August.

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Re: Can anybody help with the identification of this?
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2017, 07:19:45 AM »
David it is Iris sibirica,  it should do ok in Rome but must be kept in a cool place during summer.
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Re: David's Iris sibirica
« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2017, 08:57:14 AM »
... and it likes plenty of moisture.
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Re: Plant identified by Oron Peri as Iris sibirica
« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2017, 02:49:33 AM »
Thanks to both Oron and Alisdair. There have never been water restrictions in Rome, though they were threatened last summer for the first time in decades, We are hovering around zero in the early morning now so we can offer our Iris friend some cool weather. Bearing in mind that summer days are rarely below 35C and sometimes around 40C, do you think I should give some afternoon shade or let it bake?

Thanks again for the identification.
I have a small garden in Rome, Italy. Some open soil, some concrete, some paved. Temperatures in winter occasionally down to 0C. Summer temperatures up to 40C in the shade. There are never watering restrictions but, of course, there is little natural water for much of June, July and August.

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Re: Plant identified by Oron Peri as Iris sibirica
« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2017, 08:45:00 AM »
I'd say some summer shade, to be on the safe side. It does face extremely hot summer temperatures in some parts of its native range, but I suspect that in those regions it's found in the shadier cooler spots.
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Re: Plant identified by Oron Peri as Iris sibirica
« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2017, 12:26:10 PM »
Thanks. Rereading Oron's reply the answer was there already - my addled brain seems to have filtered out that part of his reply.

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I have a small garden in Rome, Italy. Some open soil, some concrete, some paved. Temperatures in winter occasionally down to 0C. Summer temperatures up to 40C in the shade. There are never watering restrictions but, of course, there is little natural water for much of June, July and August.

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Re: Plant identified by Oron Peri as Iris sibirica
« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2017, 03:39:30 PM »
Hear, hear, every good wish for the Festive Season to the Moderators (Alisdair, Fleur and Oron) and to all who contribute to and/or read the Forum.
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