Ann Chowning Iris - Bog Plant
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  • Plant Info
  • Hardy Bog Plant
  • Blooms Late Spring Into Early Summer
  • Increases Natural Filtration

The Ann Chowning Iris has velvety-red flowers with deep yellow signals. With its silky texture and beautiful emerald-green foliage, Ann Chowning Iris has a plant height of 36" and a width of 18" to 24". At one time, Ann Chowning was considered to be the finest red iris Louisiana had ever produced, and is a past winner of the prestigious Mary Swords Debaillon Award, the highest award given to any Louisiana iris.

It is suggested to divide these perennials every 2 to 5 years in late summer (toward the end of their semi-dormant period) if crowded, or if all flowering suddenly wanes. They also make magnificent cut flowers and are resistant to deer. Blooming from spring into summer, Ann Chowning makes an attractive backdrop for anyone's pond or water garden.

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Bog Plant - Ann Chowning Iris
Ann Chowning Iris
Plant Type Bog Plant
Hardiness Zones 6 to 9
Growing Light Full Sun
Flower Color Velvet Red With Yellow
Bloom Time Late Spring - Early Summer
Plant Size Vertical to 30"

Mail Order: What To Expect

Plants you receive by mail need time to adjust. Ann Chowning Iris will arrive in a 2" Pot (roots with some foliage). Upon arrival, they may not appear lush but given time & proper care, they will flourish!

Planting Instructions

The rhizome (root) of your Ann Chowning Iris needs to be positioned in the aquatic planting media so that the cut end tuber is against the side of the planting container, not in the middle. This gives the root as much room as possible to spread across the planting container. Avoid using bagged potting mix and other lightweight soils because they will float and continually cloud pond water. Place planting container on the planting shelf in up to 6" of water depth.


Regular fertilization of your Iris will keep your iris blooming and growing well all season long. CrystalClear® Thrive™ Aquatic Plant Fertilizer or TetraPond® LilyGro™ Aquatic Plant Food or Laguna Plant Grow Fertilizer Spikes can be pushed into the soil at planting time and from April through August, following all manufacturers' recommendation for fertilizer application rates.

Plant Maintenance

For best results, trim or prune as leaves and flowers begin to turn yellow or brown, remove them completely, discarding them to keep as much excess organic material out of water-body as possible.

Winter Care

All leaves and stems will begin to die off as winter arrives. If planted directly into a bog area, plants should be left alone after trimming any dead foliage to 1 to 2" above the top of the water. Plants that are on plant-shelves, in planting containers, should be trimmed to 1 to 2" and then gently lowered into the ponds deeper water. All plants submerged before winter must be brought back up as soon as the ice has permanently thawed, and before any plant growth occurs. In Zones 6 and warmer, most pond plants can tolerate being left in place without moving them at all.