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Dwarf Iris Joyce is a jewel-toned early blue iris only a few inches high, but with large blooms. (Iris reticulata)

Zones 2 - 10
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Containers
Containers
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Plant Size 4-6" tall
Bulb Spacing16 bulbs per sq. ft.
Bloom Time Early spring
Size Bag of 25 - Bulb Size: 5/6 cm
SKU 15MIBU25
These little gems are some of the best-loved wildflowers in the world. They grow wild in Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and the Caucasus, but have been cultivated for centuries in Holland, where ours are grown.

Iris reticulata is famous for big flowers on tiny plants, standing only about 4 to 6 high. The variety 'Joyce' is the most famous sky blue cultivar of the species. They are super winter-hardy, and dependably perennial, so are the perfect dwarf iris for a wildflower or rock garden planting. These little wild irises are the true harbingers of spring. All wild gardens should include them.

SKU 15MIBU25
Common Name Specie Iris or Wild Iris
Botanical Name Iris reticulata
Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Ships As Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color Blue
Mature Height 4-6" tall
Bulb Size 5/6 cm
Bulb Spacing 16 bulbs per sq. ft.
Planting Depth Plant 3" deep
Bloom Time Early spring
Plant Type / Life Cycle Perennial
Planting Time Fall
Soil Type Loamy Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Well Draining
Advantages Deer Resistant, Containers
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Shipping begins in September based on ground temperatures, coldest zones first.

As soon as your order is placed you will receive a confirmation email. You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Fall bulbs are shipped at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennial orders may arrive separately from bulbs and seeds. If your order requires more than one shipment, there is no additional shipping charge. See our shipping information page for approximate ship dates and more detailed information. If you need express shipping or have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (877) 309-7333 or contact us by email.

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American MeadowsSpecie Iris Bulbs Joyce
 
4.7

(based on 7 reviews)

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Pros

  • Accurate instructions (4)
  • Attractive (4)
  • Healthy (4)
  • Hardy (3)
  • Low maintenance (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Garden (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (5)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (4)

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4.0

A Beautiful Blue Surprise

By 

from West Plains, MO

About Me Avid Gardener, Professional Landscaper

Pros

  • Low Maintenance
  • Vivid Colors

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about American Meadows Specie Iris Bulbs Joyce:

      I planted these and forgot about them so they were a great surprise and really brightened the landscape. The color is a nice blue. Look forward to them multiplying in the future so I can move some to other spots.

       
      5.0

      CLASSIC IRIS IN A SCALED DOWN VERSION

      By 

      from Raleigh, NC

      About Me Avid Gardener

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Long Bloom Time
      • Low Maintenance
      • Pest Resistant
      • Reliable Growth
      • Vivid Colors

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Cut Flowers
        • Large Areas

        Comments about American Meadows Specie Iris Bulbs Joyce:

        I had these blue irises mixed with yellow and white irises, along the edge of a bed and around a low bird bath. It was spectacular, and best of all the deer ignored them!

         
        4.0

        Adorable and bright!

        By 

        from San Leandro

        About Me Getting Started

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Low Maintenance
        • Vivid Colors

        Cons

        • Susceptible to Pests

        Best Uses

        • Containers
        • Early spring color
        • Raised Beds

        Comments about American Meadows Specie Iris Bulbs Joyce:

        These came as part of the deer resistant collection. The rabbits and raccoons didn't bother them at all, (YAY!) but I didn't stay on top of the slug problem as I should have. (boo!)The stems were eaten so badly I figured they wouldn't bloom at all. The other morning, I glanced out and saw a splash of blue and yellow! These bright fellows just seem to be opening one after another. "The show must go on!" they seem to say. What tough little performers!

         
        5.0

        First up in spring

        By 

        from Hannibal, Missouri

        About Me Avid Gardener

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Accurate Instructions
        • Attractive
        • Early
        • Hardy
        • Healthy

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Garden
          • Narrow bed along garage
          • Outdoors

          Comments about American Meadows Specie Iris Bulbs Joyce:

          These were up with the crocuses in the spring. I have them in a fairly dry, shallow bed and they did very well. Would look best among a low groundcover like veronica repens, thyme, cerastium or antennaria.

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          • Personal
           
          5.0

          They all came back

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          from Columbia, MO

          About Me Avid Gardener

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Accurate Instructions
          • Attractive
          • Hardy
          • Healthy
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Garden

            Comments about American Meadows Specie Iris Bulbs Joyce:

            I planted these by the garage so I'd see them every time I went out. They all came back the second year and were lovely

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
             
            5.0

            so easy and beautiful!!!

            By 

            from Sterling, Colorado

            About Me Avid Gardener

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Accurate Instructions
            • Attractive
            • Hardy
            • Healthy
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Containers
            • Garden
            • Patio

            Comments about American Meadows Specie Iris Bulbs Joyce:

            Good quailty bulbs that are so easy to plant and are so rewarding. Use them anywhere for a great show of unique bold blue color in the garden or in containers. Plant once and enjoy them coming back year after year! Your sure to love these smaller yet sturdy and dependable Iris!

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            • Personal
             
            5.0

            Like little landscape jewels!

            By 

            from Renton, WA

            About Me Getting Started

            Pros

            • Accurate Instructions
            • Attractive
            • Healthy

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Garden
              • Patio

              Comments about American Meadows Specie Iris Bulbs Joyce:

              These irises are sturdy and hardy. They seem to bloom forever, and mine are growing in the WORST area (along a path where the soil is continually over dry or sloppy wet). This is a credit to the bulbs, not the gardener. If you wanted to color coordinate, they would look lovely with grape hyacinths!

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              • Personal

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              USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

              To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

              • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
              • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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