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Gelasine elongata

Common name dimpled iris
Family iridaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z7-10)
Flowers violet-blue (late spring)
Size 20"
Light sun
Cultural notes well-drained soil

Blue-flowering iris relative from South America. I tried growing it several times in Pennsylvania, but could never establish blooming-size plants; apparently they aren't quite hardy enough to withstand a zone 6/7 winter. Trying again in Texas, where the problem may be the opposite one (too hot in summer). Keeping my fingers crossed.

In our garden, this plant grows in the following areas: foundation border, front fence nursery area

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from HPS/MAG '05/'06 exchange. Baggy 70F (22%G, 21-60d)
  2. Same seed as above. Baggy 70F (50%G, 14-46d)
  3. Same seed as above. Sandpapered husks off. Baggy 70F (44%G, 17-27d)
  4. Same seed as above. Sandpapered husks off. Baggy 70F (19%G, 18-47d)
  5. Seed from NARGS '20/'21 exchange. Baggy 70F (29%G, 28-42d). No development
  6. Same seed as above. Dehusked with sandpaper, baggy 70F (50%G, 23-90d)

Long-viable seed. Providing a bit warmer conditions may help germination. Dark outer husk can be removed by rubbing off.

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