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Neomarica caerulea - Walking Iris
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Iridaceae (Irises)
Origin: Brazil (South America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Dark Orchid
Bloomtime: Spring
Height: 4-5 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Neomarica caerulea (Walking Iris) - This iris-like evergreen (frost free locales) perennial forms large clumps with 3-5 foot long, stiff, dark green sword-like leaves. The strikingly beautiful 3-4 inch wide bright violet-blue flowers appear above the foliage in late spring. The flowers seem to open only for a day but succeed each other in flushes so that it gives a good show of color over a long period of time. Plants will grow in full sun but foliage color is best in light shade; water regularly. Well-drained soil is preferred. Cold hardy only to about 30 degrees F. Neomarica is a genus in the Iris family (Iridaceae) with 15 species found in the tropical Americas. Plants in the genus were previously called Marica from the name of a nymph. The preface neo, Greek for "new" was added when it was discovered that Marica had been previously used for the closely related genus Cipura. The common name, Apostle Plant, comes from the belief that a Neomarica will not bloom until the plant has 12 leaves.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Neomarica caerulea.