Iris louisiana ‘Ann Chowning’

('Ann Chowning', Iris)


Hardiness Zones:

 10a  10b  6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

The Iris ?Ann Chowning? has intense velvety red flowers with deep yellow signals. With a velvety texture and beautiful evergreen foliage. It has a plant height of 36? and a width of 18-24?. The flower is approximately 6" long and blooms spring to summer. Iris ?Ann Chowning? prefers moist, well-drained soil in full sun, but will tolerate some afternoon shade. This Louisiana Iris is the only Iris to have won The Mary Swords DeBaillon Medal multiple times, 1980 & 1986. The Mary Swords DeBaillon Medal is the highest award for an iris bestowed by the Society for Louisiana Irises.

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Louisiana irises belong to the subsection Apogon (without beard or beardless), series Hexagonae of the genus Iris. They are derived from five species, most of which are indigenous to a limited area of south Louisiana and the Gulf Coast marsh areas between Texas and Florida.Two species, Iris brevicaulis and I. fulva, extend the range northward up the Mississippi Valley. Iris hexagona inhabits the southern Atlantic and Gulf Coasts, but by far, the greatest concentration is in the state of Louisiana, hence the name Louisiana Irises.Prefers a rich, acidic soil with plenty of moisture. If summers are dry, provide supplemental water to encourage blooming or move to a wet site. Never let it dry out. Plant in full sun to partial afternoon shade (in hot climates and desert southwest). Benefits by heavy fertilization. Louisiana iris have rhizomes which are thick, fleshy stems that grow underground. To plant rhizomes, dig a shallow hole just below the soil surface. Place rhizomes with the growing tip pointed up and roots pointed down. Make sure the growing tip is oriented in the direction where you want it to go since the fan will grow from that point. If planting several rhizomes, space approximately one foot apart. Primarily propagated through division. Dig and divide only when plants have less vigorous flowering. Don’t let it dry out during transplanting. Can be divided in spring or fall. May have problems with iris borer, slugs or snails.

Additional information

Common Name

'Ann Chowning', Iris

Botanical Name

Iris louisiana 'Ann Chowning'


1 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

10a, 10b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Growth Rate


Light Requirements

Part-sun, Sun





Soil Condition

Wet Soils

Water Needs


Blooming Period


Flower Color




Foliage Color


Deer Resistant


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