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Iris PCH 'Gold' - Pacific Coast Hybrid Iris

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Bulb/Tuber/Rhizome etc.
Family: Iridaceae (Irises)
Origin: California (U.S.A.)
California Native (Plant List): Yes
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Golden
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 'Gold' (Pacific Coast Hybrid Iris) - This Pacific Coast hybrid Iris forms a clump of tough evergreen foliage to 12 to 18 inches tall and spreading to 2 to 3 feet wide. It produces a heavy bloom of dark golden flowers in spring.

As with other Pacific Coast Hybrid Iris it is best to plant this iris 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 applications of gypsum can be beneficial. This is one of the faster growing and least fussy of the PCH hybrids. For more information see the Society for Pacific Coast Native Iris.

The Pacific Coast Hybrid Iris are a diverse group of plant derived from various California and Oregon native species, in particular Iris douglasiana, Iris innominata, and Iris munzii. They are noted for their attractive clumps of foliage that usually are under a foot tall with leaves that are usually dark green and shiny and large showy flowers ranging in color from white, yellow, red and blue with nearly all shades between that are held one to two per flowering stem in spring. We have grown many varieties over the years and sometimes offer them in blocks of mixed colors. Iris PCH 'Gold' was introduced by Monterey Bay Nursery in 1992 and we grew and sold this nice cultivar from 1993 to 2002. 

This information about Iris PCH 'Gold' displayed is based on research conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.