Iris lactea - Milky Iris
Twenty (20) fresh autumn 2019 collected seeds packed into glassine envelopes. Iris lactea also known as the Milky Iris is a lovely delicate looking plant that has been grown since 14th Century and is thought to originate from Afghanistan and is widely grown in China for its medicinal properties. Seed collected from parent plants producing a mix of milky white, pale blue and lavender lightly scented flowers reaching a height of about 30-40cm. Iris seeds require a period of cold (stratification) to break the natural seed dormancy and begin the germination process. This can be easily achieved by sowing seed from late summer to early winter and leaving in a cold frame or cold greenhouse to overwinter and germinate naturally in spring as temperatures rise. Alternatively the seeds can be stratified in the salad drawer of fridge for 6-8 weeks prior to sowing. Detailed instructions for both techniques are included. We prefer to autumn sow and leave the seeds to it!