Snowy White Iris (Salvia nemorosa)
Category: Pond Plants
The mature snowy hills white iris is one and a half feet tall and it has dozens of spikes filled with little white flowers hence its name. It actually looks like snow but in form of a flower. This flower is perfect for breaking screaming landscape colors, as a rock garden flower and also as a wonderful groundcover.
The snowy hills white iris has a wonderful aroma and is therefore believed to be a flower of love especially when planted along pathways. This species is tolerant to heat and drought once it is well established and does not require so much care to survive.
The snowy white iris has several other names which include: 6 falls, White, Meadow Sage, Flowering Sage, Salvia etc. Scientifically the flower is called Salvia nemorosa “Snow Hill”.
Just like the name suggests the flower is white and it is usually arranged on spiky stems. The flower can grow up to 18-20" tall and 15-18" wide.
The Snowy Hills White Iris blooms in early summer and last throughout the summer season. This species is deer resistant but susceptible to borers and for this reason it is advisable to keep checking for infested flowers and uproot them early to avoid spreading the infection to others.
Other pests include white flies, bud moth, aphids, snails, iris weevil, thrips and nematodes.
When planting the Snowy Hills White Iris ensure that you drain the soil well and that there is at least half a day’s sun to increase chances of blooming.
The soil should also be fertile and not very acidic. Compost manure or low nitrogen fertilizer could be used to improve soil fertility. The flowers should be planted singly or in groups of not more than three rhizomes (at least 1 – 2 feet apart).
The best time to plant these flowers is during summer season due to the supply of sunlight.
You also need to carry out mulching regularly to avoid crowding which may cause rotting of the flowers.