The Dry Garden: Irises happen

Posted on | October 12, 2009 | No Comments

IrisYellowEdge.jpgIN THE fleeting scheme of nature, irises happen. This story is about a concentration of them in Moorpark.

Part of a larger family of that includes lilies, crocuses and gladiolas, irises are native to many parts of the world. The fire-prone hills of southern Ventura County are not one of them, nurseryman Bob Sussman says. It’s too hot. He reckons that their native range in California ends roughly in Santa Barbara.

Yet irises started appearing in Moorpark in numbers when Sussman began breeding them here five years ago.

To keep reading this week’s Los Angeles Times column “The Dry Garden” click here


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