Iris Plant Features
Grow your own rainbow! It's easy when you add a mix of bearded iris in your garden. This reliable spring bloomer flourishes in full sun and comes in a seemingly endless selection of colors and bi-colors. Some are even fragrant. Bearded iris also has broad, strap-like foliage that looks great in the garden even when the plants are not in bloom. The plants grow 18 to 36 inches tall and slowly grow bigger and better each year. Hummingbirds also appreciate the nectar-rich flowers of bearded iris. Bearded iris is generally deer and rabbit resistant. Hardy from zone 3-8
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Iris Growing Instructions
Bearded iris likes an exposed location that receives at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sun a day. The plant prefers well-drained soil because the thick roots (called rhizomes) can rot in constantly wet soil. Dig and divide the plant every few years as rhizomes get crowded and the center of the plant starts to die out. Fertilize the plants in the early spring with a sprinkling of slow-release granular fertilizer.
Bearded iris is not intended for human or animal consumption.
Blue, Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, Variegated, White, Yellow
Medium water needs
Super-easy to grow
Complement your Iris with these varieties:
Peony and Bearded Iris make great companions because they produce fragrant flowers at the same time and match each other in height.
Cranesbill Geranium makes a good companion for Bearded Iris.
Plant Bearded Iris near a Clematis vine and enjoy the vertical flower show every spring.
Varieties: Our Favorites
Iris 'Again and Again'
Again and Again shows of fragrant, soft yellow flowers in early summer and again in early autumn. it grows 36 inches tall. Zones 3-9
Iris sibirica 'Butter and Sugar'
Butter and Sugar Siberian iris a classic, tried-and-true variety that shows off yellow-and-white flowers in early summer. It grows 36 inches tall and 24 inches wide. Zones 3-8
Iris 'Caesar's Brother'
An award-winning variety, Caesar's Brother was popular in the 1950s and is still loved today for its profusion of rich violet blooms. It grows 46 inches tall and 36 inches wide. Zones 3-8
Iris 'County Cork'
It’s hard not to smile when the lime-yellow petals of ‘County Cork’ bearded iris burst into bloom. This cheerful variety grows 38 inches tall and makes a terrific cut flower. It’s an award-winning variety that should be in every sunny garden. Zones 3-9
Iris sibirica 'Dear Delight'
Dear Delight iris shows off delicate-looking soft-blue flowers in early summer. This easy-care plant grows 30 inches tall and wide. Zones 3-9
A dependable re-bloomer, ‘Feedback’ bearded iris shows off rich, violet-blue flowers with yellow beards in spring and autumn. The flowers are also delightfully fragrant. ‘Feedback’ grows 36 inches tall. Zones 3-9
Iris 'Hello Darkness'
The rich, velvety-black flowers of ‘Hello Darkness’ bearded iris have won awards from flower judges across the globe. This easy-care perennial belongs in your garden. It grows 36 inches tall. Zones 3-9
Iris sibirica 'Hubbard'
Hubbard Siberian iris is an easy-to-grow stunner that blooms in early summer with rich purple blooms. It grows 36 inches tall and 24 inches wide. Zones 3-8
One of the most vigorous bearded iris you can grow, ‘Immortality’ produces masses of pure white flowers in the spring and then again in late summer. It’s a truly remarkable plant that grows 30 inches tall. Pair it with ‘Hello Darkness’ for a black-and-white combination. Zones 3-9
Iris sibirica 'Kabluey'
Kabluey Siberian iris has blue-purple flowers on strong stems in early summer. It grows 46 inches tall and 36 inches wide. Zones 3-9
Iris sibirica 'Kita-No-Seiza'
Kita-No-Seiza Siberian iris is an amazing variety that has double blue-pink flowers in early summer. It grows 28 inches tall and 24 inches wide. Zones 3-9
Iris 'Lo Ho Silver'
Lo Ho Silver offers softly scented, silvery-white blooms and compact stems that reach only about 18 inches tall. It often reblooms in late summer. Zones 3-9
Iris 'Loop the Loop'
White ruffled petals edged in violet make ‘Loop the Loop’ bearded iris a stunning addition to the perennial border. Growing over 3 feet tall, ‘Loop the Loop’ excels as a cut flower, too. Zones 3-9
Iris sibirica 'Ruffled Velvet'
Ruffled Velvet Siberian iris is a classic with dark violet-purple blooms that float like butterflies. It grows 30 inches tall and wide. Zones 3-9
Iris 'Savannah Sunset'
A showstopping iris, 'Savannah Sunset' shows off bright orange flowers in late spring. It grows about 3 feet tall. Zones 3-9
Iris 'Sunrise Elegy'
Step into your garden on a spring morning and enjoy the beautiful blooms of ‘Sunrise Elegy’ bearded iris. It’s buttercup-yellow-and-white flowers seem to have a glow all their own. The delicately serrated petals add to the overall effect. ‘Sunrise Elegy’ grows over 3 feet tall. Zones 3-9