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Lubera stops plant deliveries to the UK
Due to Brexit, we are not able to deliver to the UK. We are working on a solution on how we can continue to bring a wide range of Lubera plants to the UK and directly to our customers' homes in the future. However, such a solution will not be available before 2022 or 2023.

Dwarf iris

Iris reticulata Katharine Hodgkin Lubera

Iris reticulata (dwarf iris) is a small spring flower with the exotic appearance of a bird of paradise among the native bulbs. This delicate beauty should not be missed in the early spring garden next to the first crocuses, winter aconite, wild tulips and snowdrops!

Dwarf Iris 'Alida'

Iris reticulata 'Alida'

Instead of: £2.10 * £1.30 *

Dwarf Iris 'Harmony'

Iris reticulata 'Harmony'

Instead of: £1.80 * £1.10 *

Dwarf Iris 'Katharine Hodgkin'

Iris 'Katharine Hodgkin'

Instead of: £2.70 * £1.60 *

Dwarf Iris 'Pauline'

Iris reticulata 'Pauline'

Instead of: £1.80 * £1.10 *

Iris reticulata Harmony Lubera

More information about Iris reticulata


Small but powerful - in the world of flower bulbs that bloom in the very early spring, this is especially true of the dwarf iris. We have selected the most beautiful varieties for you and your spring garden.



Buy Iris reticulata varieties in the Lubera Shop

  • 'Harmony', deep blue
  • 'Katharine Hodgkins', soft pastel blue with a green shimmer
  • 'Alida', light sky blue
  • 'Pauline', purple violet

The bulbs selected by us vary in colour from ink blue, through violet to sky blue; because these are the most popular iris colours, they are the absolute Hollywood stars in the spring bed next to yellow winter aconites and very early crocuses. All Lubera varieties have the classic central stripe, the comb, on the outer, horizontal petals, which is usually yellow, with sprinklings of white and/or purple. The exception is the dwarf iris 'Pauline', which dances out of line and has a white centre stripe against a midnight blue background. 


These plants have been known to us for decades, but are still not planted enough, yet they are absolutely easy to care for and undemanding - a perfect spring surprise in an otherwise bare garden. They bloom from February to March and are therefore among the very first spring bloomers to greet the new year with their extraordinary flowers. If you want to plant them, all you really need is a humusy, well-drained soil and a small trowel or shovel and you can start planting in September. Five minutes of work in autumn, then you have weeks of joy in early spring: that's the motto.


The advantages of Iris reticulata in the garden

  • Exotic-looking flowers with contrasting central stripes
  • Blooms from mid/end of February until March
  • Perfectly adapted to the soil conditions in a rock garden
  • Forms little tuffs over the years
  • With up to 8 cm large, brightly coloured flowers are a striking eye-catcher in the otherwise naked garden
  • Easy care: plant once, flowers for years in early spring 




Planting is best done in September or October when the soil in the garden still has a residual summer heat stored. The small bulbs are planted about 5-8 centimetres deep (larger bulbs slightly deeper than the smaller ones). Iris reticulata are best grown in small tuffs; the bulbs should be planted at a distance of 10 centimetres from each other. As with all flower bulbs, the recommended planting depth should not be exceeded too much. Commercially available bulb planters with a centimetre scale can be helpful if no ruler is available. However, there are also small hand shovels or garden trowels that have a centimetre scale engraved on the edge. 


Location, soil and care


The location of these irises in the garden is ideally sunny to semi-shady. They can also thrive in the shade, but may not grow as vigorously there in the coming years. However, there is one thing the small spring flowers cannot do without: a permeable soil that does not develop waterlogging, even in the summer. This is also the reason why Iris reticulata is always recommended for rockeries. A rockery is slightly elevated and contains additives of sand and gravel so that rainwater can flow through it quickly. If you want to plant them in normal beds or under bushes, you should always include compost or a high-quality potting soil (for example Lubera potting soil ‘Fruitful Soil No. 2’) and in stubborn cases a little sand or fine-grained gravel. These additives help to keep the soil more on the dry side, even in the summer, which the iris appreciates.


Tips for Iris reticulata in a pot


If you want to plant the dwarf irises in a pot, a high-quality pot plant soil is an absolute MUST because it ensures by certain additives, e.g. clay granulate, that no stagnant moisture is created. The Lubera ‘Fruitful Soil No. 1’ has been specially developed for all types of potted plants, including bulbous plants. They do not need any extra fertiliser and are, provided the soil conditions are right, absolutely easy to care for.


Growth and appearance of the dwarf irises


Dwarf irises grow about ten centimetres high, sometimes a little higher, depending on the variety. The elongated, pointed leaves appear at the same time as the flowers, but grow a few centimetres higher after wilting, until they die back in early summer. The flowers of the dwarf irises differ from all other spring bloomers in that they open more or less fan-like, more precisely three dome leaves point upwards, while three hanging leaves show a different coloured crest. 


Origin and name of Iris reticulata


The dwarf iris grows in its native region, which stretches from Anatolia, Iraq and Iran to the Caucasus, on stony slopes or mountain meadows (which also explains its preference for a rather dry rock garden). The dwarf iris is also called retina iris or net iris because of its net-like bulbous skin. The botanical name is Iris reticulata, but recently it is also often called Iris reticulatum. 


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