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Iris culture emphasizes the best in site selection, planting, winter care and protection, and control of insects and diseases.

The iris is one of the most popular and beautiful of the garden flowers. With the range in plant type, size, and adaption, there is an iris for almost any location.

More than 200 species of iris have been found in the wild. From these species thousands of varieties have been named and made available. Plant size ranges from about 6 inches in the miniatures to more than 3 feet in the large types. Flowers can be 1 or 2 inches across or up to 8 to 10 inches across. Flowers are available in all colors.