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Bearded Iris in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Iris x germanica

 

Bearded Iris

Sporting grey-green pointed straplike leaves growing from a rhizome, which also produces flowers in a wide range of colours. The flowers have 3 falls (outer petals), and 3 standards (inner upright petals). Bearded irises are so called because the falls have soft hairs down the middle.

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plant Features
  • Bearded Iris likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Bearded Iris likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Bearded Iris is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Bearded Iris likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

 
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plant information

Common name

Bearded Iris

Latin name

Iris x germanica

type

Rhizome

family

Iridaceae

ph

6.1 - 8.1 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Bearded Iris likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Bearded Iris is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Soil

    Bearded Iris likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

  • Water

    Bearded Iris likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant
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    When the plant will bloom

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Bearded Iris is 0.30meters x 0.50meters 0.30 M 0.50 M

Iris x germanica

Sporting grey-green pointed straplike leaves growing from a rhizome, which also produces flowers in a wide range of colours. The flowers have 3 falls (outer petals), and 3 standards (inner upright petals). Bearded irises are so called because the falls have soft hairs down the middle.


Propagating by division

From Early Autumn TO Mid Autumn

Irises should be divided each year after they have flowered, and the flower stems are dying. Divide by splitting each plant with a spade, leaving at least half of the plant in the ground, and then cut back the dying foliage and stems. Lastly, top-dress with bone-meal

 

Planting

From Late Summer TO Early Autumn

Ideally the Iris plant would need to be planted in a sunny spot so that it can receive at least six hours of sun a day as well as being planted in well drained but moist soil. They do well near water but should be at least 6 inches above water level. Plant with part of the rhizome exposed, as "baking" in late Summer sun will help flowering in Spring. Avoid hoeing around the base of the plants as the roots are near the surface and easily damaged. Do not mulch, as this can block light, and create damp that can rot the rhizome.

 

Flowering

From Early Spring TO Early Summer

Most bearded irises flower in Spring to early Summer, but some tall bearded varieties are remontant (ie have a second flowering period) in late Summer.

 
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