Iris dabashanense Clone #1 x Clone #2


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Previously identified as Iris henryi, our friend the great plantsman Darrell Probst, gave us two clones of his introduction of this fantastic species.  They thrived in our shade garden making dense mounds of very thin leaves with copious flowers.  One April in our shade garden, we found ourselves enjoying the two clones in flowers and realized that we were getting that familiar urge to procreate.  What was most unusual was that we actually had time to do something about it (April in the nursery business is work-eat-sleep-repeat) so we went all carpe stamen and plucked the anthers and crossed the two clones.  Here is the result and these plants along with the memories of that wanton, aberrant April, sustains us each spring.


Plant Type

  • Perennial / Bulb

Mature Size

Hardiness Zones

  • Zone 5a (-20 °F)
  • Zone 5b (-15 °F)
  • Zone 6a (-10 °F)
  • Zone 6b (-5 °F)
  • Zone 7a (0 °F)
  • Zone 7b (5 °F)
  • Zone 8a (10 °F)
  • Zone 8b (15 °F)
  • Zone 9a (20 °F)
  • Zone 9b (25 °F)

Sun Exposure

  • Part Shade - Part Sun

Water Needs

  • Moderate
  • Moist

Bloom Time

  • Spring