Iris bucharica (also known as Bukhara iris, Corn-leaf iris and Horned iris) is a bulbous herbaceous perennial, in the Juno iris group, from Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. This stand-out species has arching blue-green leaves and a long succession of 2-3”-wide flowers in mid-spring, greenish white ‘flags’, and chrome yellow with green veins for the falls. Bukhara iris has a longer blooming and more solid presence in the spring garden than the reticulata/histrioides types. Its marvelous fragrance is a special surprise in the early spring!
Plant in a sunny or partly shaded position in soil that provides quick drainage year-round. Iris bucharica appreciates a hot, dry ‘baking’ in summer, but tolerates normal soil moisture during the cool and cold months. 8-12” tall x 8” wide, April, Morning sun or full sun, Hardy to Zone 5.