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Dwarf Iris time

What’s blooming right now in Cheyenne? Dwarf irises!IrisRet2 Dwarf Iris time

These dwarf irises come every year with little care and they each year they come back more plentiful than before. They bloom through the unpredictable weather of spring and do fine in the snow and cold of early to late March. They can be planted in a lawn (even dandelion killer won’t hurt them) or a in bed. These dwarf iris go by the fancy name of “Iris reticulata,” for the bluish/​purple ones and “Iris danfordiae,” for the yellow ones.  They’re among the first to bring color to the garden at the beginning of spring.

They come from small bulbs planted in late summer or early fall and you can often find them sold as a mixture of yellow, blue, dark purple and light blue. Look closely at the bluish shades and you’ll see an intricate little pattern that attracts bees like a lit airplane runway.