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Common Perennials

Bearded Iris
Iris x hybrida


Quick Profile

Exposure
Full Sun
 
Mature Height
8 Inches - 3 Feet
 
USDA Hardiness Zones
3 - 10 
 
Soil Conditions
Moist, Well-Drained
 
Foliage Color
Green
 
Bloom Color
Bi-color
Blue
Lavender
Peach
Pink
Purple
Red
Salmon
White
Yellow
 
Bloom Season
June - July
 
Size
Small
Medium
Tall
 

Features

Lance like foliage and tall spectacular blooms early summer and in the fall with repeat blooming types.

Culture

Prefer full sun to very light shade in moist very well-drained soil

Cultivars

Many available. Some include:

'Candy Apple' 10-14 inches tall, red flowers

'Open Sky' 9-10 inches tall, light blue flowers

'Botik' 2-3 feet tall, purple flowers

'Before the Storm' 3-4 feet tall, purple/black flowers

'Immortality' 2-3 feet tall, white flowers, repeat bloom in Sept.

'Autumn Circus' 2-3 feet tall, white flowers, repeat bloom in August

'Perfume Counter' 2-3 feet tall, blue flowers, repeat bloom in October

Notes

Good drainage is a must. Plant so top of rhizome is on top of the soil surface. Don't cover with mulch. Poorly drained heavy soils lead to soft rots.