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Orris Root (Iris florentina) potted plant, organic

$10.00

Family:  Iris (Iridaceae)

Hardy to Zones 4 to 9

(Iris germanica florentina, White Flower De Luce)  Perennial light-blue-flowered iris native to the Mediterranean and especially Italy. The plant is the source of the expensive, violet-scented “oil of orris,” made with the peeled, dried and cured rhizome of the plant.  This essential oil is widely used in aromatherapy.  The dried rhizome is also used in low-dose traditional herbal medicine (TWM): gentle pain reliever, teething.  Plants prefer a sunny exposure, regular garden soil, and occasional watering.  They are very tough on the landscape, I have seen them thrive in patches even when neglected, and I have seen them growing near a dry arroyo in Arizona, hardly a place one would expect to encounter a rare iris!  Space 1 to 2 feet apart.

Potted plant, certified organically grown

 

 

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  1. Question

    Liz

    It is almost fall in the Pacific Northwest..if I buy this now, how should I treat it to ensure it lives through the winter?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      I would pot it to a gallon and leave in a cold greenhouse or plant to the garden and stake it so you know where it is next year to weed around it. Fall-planting herbaceous perennials is a time-honored and successful technique for gardeners in the PNW. r

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    Rhonda

    CAN THESE BE GROWN INDOORS? THANK YOU

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      Richo Cech

      Yes, as long as they get minimum 6 hours sunlight daily.

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    Allegra Chesnut

    Does this iris spread if left alone in the garden and if so does it spread rapidly?

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      Admin Richo Cech

      No, it is very well-behaved. The clumps will gradually get larger.

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    • Deanna Irelan

      How do you positively identify these? I have Iris plants all over my yard. would love to knows if they can be used like these are

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      I have wondered the same thing but there are several different medicinal Iris species and they all seem to do different things. Orris root has very light blue flowers and the root smells like violets.

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    Shannon Outlaw

    Hello,

    When will this be back in stock?

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      Admin Richo Cech

      We’ll have these available to ship come spring 2019. richo

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