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Douglas Iris

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Hardy coastal native!

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, so they say. Douglas Iris (Iris douglasiana) is a native all along the West Coast from LA to Oregon. It thrives in tough coastal conditions, including the miles of pastureland in the area. Unfortunately, the cattle ranchers hate it since it colonizes and keeps other plants from growing under its thick leaves. The cattle hate how it tastes, so they won’t touch it. The cows also don’t appreciate its beauty, so it’s wasted on them in their ocean-view pastures. Snobby bovines.

But, what’s not so good for the ranchers is excellent for the gardener! Douglas Iris is just as hardy in your garden as it is in the pasture. It doesn’t need coddling and grows thickly enough to keep weeds from invading its territory. What’s not to love about that?

This clumper grows knee-high and shoots up several 2’ tall stems with creamy ivory, sky blue or pale lavender flowers in a classic iris flower shape. It love living where it gets wet. It excels in rain gardens and makes an eye-catching fill for gutter runoff ditches.

This native looks great planted in masses and will give your whole garden bed a dreamy and romantic look in the spring.

Ignore those snobby cows and give Douglas Iris a try for something very hardy and delicate at the same time. You’ll be glad you did!

* Beautiful flowers
* Thick foliage suppresses weeds
* Sun or dappled shade
* Easy care
* Good under trees
* Great for containers


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