THE IRIDACEAE [LILY] FAMILY 2018

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        Thanks, Loki, we try our best:snorky:

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              I've just notice the heading of this thread. I think it should read 'THE IRIDACEAE [IRIS] FAMILY 2018' not [LILY]. :)

              Will Reticulata grow through a lawn please?
               
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                "Iridaceae, the iris family of flowering plants, belonging to the order Liliales. The family is known for ornamental genera such as Iris, Gladiolus, and Crocus."
                 

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                  Hi Sheal, they're not really ideal as they only grow around 3 inches high when in flower but can send leaves a lot taller and sragglier after flowering.
                   
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                    Thank you Armandii, I didn't realise Irises came under the Lily genus. We learn something new every day. :)

                    Thanks KFF that's blown that idea of mine away. :doh:
                     
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                      Sheal, just to give you some idea of size, these are up against normal house bricks.
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                        Thanks KFF. :) Although I haven't grown them myself I have seen them in flower beds before now. I was wondering whether they could force themselves through a lawn like Snowdrops or Daffodils. Huh! I say a lawn, it's totally moss.
                         
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                          Having just come across this thread. I was about to mention the same. Two distinct different families of plants.

                          I can't see any problems with planting beneth a lawn for the shorter varieties. Remember the Irises have basically two diferent types. There is the bulbous/corm ones and the rhizome ones such as the flags and bearded iris. Corms/bulbs are planted whereas the rhizomes are laid on the soil surface.
                           
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                            @Mike Allen I already have a dwarf Iris that grows from rhizomes - so know they prefer to grow on the surface which makes them unsuitable for a lawn. I'm presuming the reticulata's are bulbs and would possibly work in a lawn?

                            One of my lawns is completely moss covered and there's no chance of it being otherwise. In turn because it will never need mowing I've decided to plant it with various bulbs and low growing plants like primroses.
                             
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                              Sounds a good idea. Best wishes.
                               
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                                I am involved in a project with a public space in my town. I'm in charge of planting plans, and one of the plants that will be featured is Watsonia meiriana, can't wait for it to flower, one of the jewels of the Iridaceae family. Want to try and get Iris confusa too.
                                 
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