Category: Pond Plants
The Colorific Bi-color Louisiana Iris is a two-colored bog plant. They have white leaves as well as pink to lavender blooms that are at 90 degree angles to each other. It is also called the bi-color Louisiana iris and bi-tone Louisiana iris. Most of the irises are white and purple, often darkening the longer it is in bloom. The light to white petals usually have a streak of the darker color down their middle. The flowers are four to six inches across. They bloom in the early to mid-spring. The Colorific Bi-color Louisiana Iris rarely blooms later than June.
They grow to be two and a half feet tall. They have an eighteen inch to two foot spread. They look like slender blades until they bloom.
The Colorific Bi-color Louisiana Iris, also called the Bi-color Louisiana Iris, needs full sunlight. They grow in hardiness zones five through eleven. Native to Louisiana, they can grow anywhere in the southern United States. Because they only grow in warmer climates, they need no special care over the winter. In those places where temperatures dip below freezing, the plants become inactive.
They grow in moist soil and in up to six inches of water for mature plants. Younger plants should be planted in wet soil but not submerged. They naturally grow in bogs, wetlands and bayous. They grow on woody stems and have large, dark green, blade like leaves. They are often planted as decoration around the edges of water gardens and ponds.
They have large seed pods like those of the African bicolor iris. It is best to break off the seedpods after the flowers fade. The Colorific Bi-color Louisiana Iris can also be propagated by dividing the bulbs and re-planting them. The Colorific Bi-color Louisiana Iris can be planted year round in its native Louisiana. Everywhere else, plant in late summer so that it is well enough established to bloom the following spring.