Katharine Hodgkin Dwarf Iris

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Like a work of art, Katharine Hodgkin Dwarf Iris brightens the garden with fine sky-blue brushstrokes and a splash of bright yellow. Blooming early spring the sweet violet-like fragrance tells us that warmer weather is on the way. These easy-to-grow and hardy flowers are not to be missed! (Iris histroides)
Zones 5 - 9
Deer Resistant
Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Good For Containers
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Height 5" tall
Bulb Spacing16 bulbs per sq. ft.
Bloom TimeEarly spring
Item Package SizeBag of 15

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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Plant Information

5" tall x 2" wide. Katharine Hodgkin Dwarf Iris brightens the late winter to early spring garden with delicate blue flowers. Plant these low-growing blooms in a sunny to part-shade location along a woodland edge, in a rock garden, along the edge of a path, or in a container where you can enjoy the artistic details up close. Katharine Hodgkin is lovely planted with other dwarf iris and snow crocus. Plant in groups of at least 20 bulbs for best results. Not fussy, plant 4" deep and 3" apart in average well-drained soil. Keep the soil relatively dry during summer.  The grass-like foliage will continue to grow as the flower fades but will disappear by late spring as the bulb goes dormant. Drought-tolerant, and deer-and-squirrel-resistant too.

More Information
Common Name
Katharine Hodgkin Dwarf Iris
Botanical Name
Iris histrioides Katharine Hodgkin
5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color
Yellow, Purple, White
Sword-shaped green leaves.
Mature Height
5" tall
Bulb Spacing
16 bulbs per sq. ft.
Bulb Size
5 cm
Planting Depth
Plant 3" deep
Bloom Time
Early spring
Deer Resistant, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Good For Containers
Soil Type
Loamy Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture
Average, Well Draining
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Item Package Size
Bag of 15
Ships As
Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber
Planting Time
Ideal Region
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
Item Unit
Neonicotinoid Free
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada

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