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Walking Iris

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    Info copied from the web . It is in bloom now the flowers have a spicy scent .

    Neomarica gracilis, (Brazilian Walking Iris). Native of regions from Southern Mexico to Brazil. Also known as the twelve apostles, has intricately designed orchard-like white flowers of white with mottled crimson and a blue-violet banding. Glossy green, arching leaves, like an iris which are sometimes more than 24 inches long. Flowers from spring to late summer, prefers partial to full shade. Flowers last only for one day, but multiple blooms will come from the same stem in rapid succession.
    Grows in grassy clumps up to 5 feet wide and equally high, does well in pots and particularly suitable to hanging baskets. Flowers appear in one year, two in cooler climates. May survive in the ground in zone 8, best in zone 9 or warmer climates. Require a well drained soil with reasonable moisture. Propagation is very easy. Finished blooms will develop air roots from which a small plant will grow. Plant the youngster in a 4-inch pot of soil still attached to the mother plant, or snip and repot. Keep well watered and repot when potbound.
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    I use to have it. Very nice delicate scent. It grows big and has baby plants at the end of the long flower stems. They try to "walk out" of the pot. The flowers really last only one day and need to be dead headed all the time. Long light green leaves make a nice back groung for orchids, just like ferns.

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    This is beautiful!!! It does look like an orchid bloom!

    Cheers!
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    A wonderful flower, Gin, and one I didn't know - thanks for the post!

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    Really nice. Sort of the iris version of a daylily.

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    saw one of these at the local plant nursery out of flower and I thought, gosh why would anyone want such a rambling plant...

    but now I'm considering getting one

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    Oh those are sooooooooooooo beautiful. Mine isn't blooming (yet?) Thanks for the look at yours.

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    Ooo - I like! Thanks for sharing.

    (And I want! I can just hear it now..."Isn't the ever expanding orchid collection enough already? Now you want to bring home MORE plants?" LOL)

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    Thanks for the kind words , just something diffrent , I think the same thing Eve I have another one that is supposed to be yellow no bud on it yet .Gin

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    Aren't Iris' closely related to orchids?
    By the way, wooow! You reminded me to go to my local lake and find NY Iris'.

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