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Neomarica caerulea - Walking Iris, Apostle Plant

Neomarica caerulea is a striking plant in almost any context. I have grown the Walking Iris in a variety of gardens from a Country English look to a wild zone. The Walking Iris grows to 3 feet or so. Blooms of the Apostle Plant are produced when it is well enough established, though it does not always require the 12 leaves that this Apostle plant name might imply. Neomarica caerulea will bloom in full sun to moderate shade for about 6 weeks in the Spring and can have a smattering of blossoms through the Summer and into Fall. The ornamented blue flowers seem to last longer in a shadier locations. While the Walking Iris appreciates some water, they do quite well in an arid shady location. In our garden Neomarica caerulea has bloomed in full shade with no supplimental water following our record drought seasons. Neomarica caerulea can survive low temperatures into the high teens though all foliage will be long gone.

Neomarica caerulea, Walking Iris, Apostle Plant

Highly ornamented blue flowers of Neomarica caerulea - Walking Iris or Apostle Plant. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.