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Iris PCH 'Canyon Snow' - Canyon Snow Pacific Coast Hybrid Iris
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Bulb
Family: Iridaceae (Irises)
Origin: California (U.S.A.)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Spring
Parentage: (I. douglasiana x I. innominata)
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: <15 F
Iris PCH 'Canyon Snow' (Pacific Coast Hybrid Iris) - Iris 'Canyon Snow is a Pacific Coast Hybrid Iris that was introduced into the nursery trade in 1975 by the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. It was hybridized by the late Dara Emery (1922-1992), the legendary horticulturist, plant breeder and author who had a 35-year tenure as "The Horticulturist" at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. In 1979 Dara received the prestigious Mitchell Award from the American Iris Society for this beautiful hybrid Iris. The narrow dark green leaves of this cultivar rise to 12 to 18 inches in a clump to 2 to 3 feet wide. In spring emerge the large flowers, which are white with bright yellow central markings on each petal. Iris 'Canyon Snow' is also noted for its vigor and bright glossy green foliage. As with other Pacific Coast Hybrid Iris, plant in a light acidic soil in full sun (coastal only), light shade, morning or late afternoon shade and water sparingly in coastal areas and more regularly inland. Plants are hardy to 15-20 degrees F or slightly lower for short duration. Transplanting or dividing and replanting should be done in December. In heavy alkaline conditions that are often found in southern California soils the addition of peat moss or soil sulfur is recommended, and with very heavy soils gypsum is added. We received comment on this plant from a gardener in Seattle Washington who had grown it for over seven years in his garden and noted that it "blooms reliably every year and increased to nearly a ground cover. Never any fungal problems or winter burnt out like with other PCH iris I have tried. It's a winner!!" More information on this plant can be found on the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden's Plant Introduction Page 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 Iris PCH 'Canyon Snow'.
 
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