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Ennealophus fimbriatus

Ennealophus fimbriatus
Argentine blue iris

Common name Argentine blue iris
Family iridaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z7-10)
Flowers lavender (summer)
Size 10"
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes well-drained soil
From seed Flowers first year from seed sown indoors early.
detailed seed-starting info below

Native to northern Argentina. Forms a clump of narrow miniature iris-like leaves, above which smallish lavender flowers are produced in summer. In my first attempt, the plants did not survive through to a second spring; I didn't pay close enough attention, so I don't know if they perished in summer or over winter. In any case, I was glad to see plants from my second attempt bloom in August of their first year; that way, I will have seen the show even if the plants once again don't come through winter. Observed up close, the flowers are quite intricate, with yellow patternings on the petals, and an irridescent white three-part style in the center. These once again didn't survive a winter; my third try once again gave me first-year flowering through most of the summer, so they're pretty good as annuals if started early enough; but this time, I'm growing my plant in a trough, which I plan to take into the garage over the winter in hope of keeping it alive another year.

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from NARGS '11/'12 exchange. Baggy 70F (17d) - 35F (6w) - 70F with light (15%G, 18-23d)
  2. Same seed as above, cold-stored through summer. Baggy 70F (25%G, 21-57d)
  3. Same seed as above, cold-stored. Baggy 70F (7%G, 22-55d)
  4. Seed from '14 garden, cold-stored. Baggy 70F (8w) - 35F (4w) - 70F (9d) - 75F (9d; no G)

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