Iris ‘Katharine Hodgkin’, A Dwarf Winter Iris With Stripes

Dwarf winter iris with blue stripes and spots on a yellow fall

Iris ‘Katharine Hodgkin’ has barely even ankle high flowers that are a muddy mix of pale blue, cream and yellow. It can be identified by the unusual colour, and the beautiful veins on the falls. Blue stripes radiate from a yellow blotch that is spotted blue. Three standards (upper petals) are striped and veined too.

Iris ‘Katharine Hodgkin’ is a sun-loving reticulata type of iris, often grown in pots on a patio. This delicate-looking dwarf iris has been a feature of every winter garden I’ve visited in the UK. It’s a clump forming type, which means it multiplies readily, but often seems in need of splitting.

35 Replies to “Iris ‘Katharine Hodgkin’, A Dwarf Winter Iris With Stripes”

    1. The colours are not as clear as they perhaps appear here. The dark blue one wasn’t labelled. Two guesses are Iris reticulata ‘Clairette’ or ‘Fabiola’.

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