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Iris 'Katharine Hodgkin'

Iris (Reticulata Group) 'Katharine Hodgkin'

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Partial Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








2 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Iris 'Katharine Hodgkin' Overview

Iris 'Katharine Hodgkin' is a dwarf early spring-flowering bulbous perennial cultivar that produces pale blue flowers, with vibrant darker blue veins and yellow splashes near the petal bases only getting to 12cm in height. This cultivar has earned a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit. Ideal for planting in gravel and rock gardens, these alpine bulbs can be grown in raised troughs or pots or along the edges of paths and patios where they will receive the dry summer conditions they thrive in. Preferring a sunny location or light shade with well-drained soil, these easy to grow bulbs need to be planted in autumn. Dig a hole one & a half to two times the bulbs own length and plant the bulb pointed end up. Leave the leaves to die back naturally as this helps fatten the bulb for next year. Part of the Reticulata Group of Irises, these include small bulbs that produce narrow leaves and purple, blue or yellow blooms in the spring. This plant is occasionally listed under its synonym name of Iris histriodes 'Katharine Hodgkin'.

Common problems with Iris 'Katharine Hodgkin'

How to propagate Iris 'Katharine Hodgkin'



Plant bulbs 10cm (4") deep and space them 7.5cm (3") apart. Take care not to damage the net like fibrous roots around the bulb.


Allow bulbs several years to multiple before lifting clumps in late summer and separating off offsets. Replant half in the same space.

Special features of Iris 'Katharine Hodgkin'

Attractive flowers

Pot plant

Drought resistant

Other uses of Iris 'Katharine Hodgkin'

Grown for their distinctive and colourful flowers. Suitable for coastal conditions. Deer resistant


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