What's blooming at the Baltimore Conservatory?
Photo credit: Michael Lemmon
Neomarica Gracilis or Walking Iris is a tropical perennial with a white and lavender bloom that can grow up to 3 feet tall. And it is blooming right now at Baltimore's Rawlings Conservatory in Druid Hill Park.
Named because it will bend over and root where it touches the ground, it gives the impression of literally "walking" in your garden.
Also commonly known as the Apostle plant because of a belief that it will only bloom after it has developed 12 leaves. Flowers usually last for one day and then will close and rest, opening again in a few days.
Native to Brazil it will grow best in Zone 9 or warmer. Easy to maintain, it likes partial shade with regular watering and well-drained soil. It can also do well in containers and hanging baskets.
Notice to pet owners - this beauty is poisonous if ingested.