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Neomarica gracilis /Walking Iris

Neomarica gracilis  / Neomarica gracilis
A wall planting showing the long hanging poliferations (small air plants)
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A wall planting showing the long hanging poliferations (small air plants)

Close-up image of spring flowers and foliage

Three tiers of planters with walking iris

Close-up image of a single flower

Flowers and long narrow leaves

Exotic, orchid-like blossoms and foliage

Growing in containers at Longue Vue Gardens in New Orleans

Side view of the potted plants in New Orleans

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Scientific Name: Neomarica gracilis
Common Name: Walking Iris
Hardiness Zone: 8, 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 1-2 feet
Spread: 1-2 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: Blue
Light Exposure: Part Sun, Shade
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Tropical, Exotic, and Indoor Plants
Comments: When the sword-like scapes, that bore flowers, touch the ground they root to form new plants and thus the name "walking iris." Grows well in part shade to shade and makes a good ground cover that produces orchid-like blooms for several weeks in late spring. Subject to winter kill above zone 9, but has lived for years in lower part of zone 8.