Family name : Iridaceae
Chemical constituents : Xanthose glycds.C-glycd. of apigenin and phenolic acids
Parts used : Root
Ethnomedicinal use : Antiallergic
Native of Kashmir, slender foliage is topped by sumptuous, below and large flowers in a wide range of colour. For a fertile, loamy soil with plenty of moisture from May-July. Can be drier at other times.
Prefers a light well-drained soil and a sunny position. Prefers partial shade. Likes plenty of moisture and a rich loamy slightly acid soil. Requires a lime-free soil. Some cultivars, in particular the 'Higo' strain, tolerate a pH up to 7. Plants can be grown in containers in pond margins but are then best kept in drier conditions over winter. This species is hardy to about -20°c. Cultivated for its root in Japan. (for the starch). There are many named varieties, selected for their ornamental value. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer or rabbits.
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame. Stored seed should be sown as early in the year as possible in a cold frame. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse or cold frame for their first year. Plant out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer. Division in March or October. Very easy, larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.
Iris ensata cashmiriana seeds available only for cultivation purpose only at:
Qty: 50 seeds/pkt
Price Rs. 250/-US$15
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