• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; forms clumps 2 ft. tall.
    Key Feature:
    Showy, Fragrant Flowers
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:EYE-riss PAL-li-da
    Plant type:Perennial
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; forms clumps 2 ft. tall.
    Foliage color:Variegated
    Flower color:Blue
    Design IdeasThese uniquely variegated leaves are a welcome alternative to traditional Iris in the cottage garden. Plant in the perennial border or as a neat edging. Like all Iris, it's a natural in clusters around water of all kinds and stands out in rock gardens. Stunning candidate for very large antique or Asian ceramic pots, and makes good accent foliage combined with solid green-leafed Iris.
    Companion PlantsConeflower (Echinacea); Turtlehead (Chelone); Daylily (Hemerocallis); Bee Balm (Monarda); Spiderwort (Tradescantia)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide humus-rich, evenly moist, well-drained soil. Water regularly during the first growing season to establish the root system. Once established, prefers regular moisture but tolerates mild periodic dry spells. Remove faded foliage as new leaves emerge. Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    This iris is native to a large range in Southern Europe eastward to Asia. It was classified by Lamarck around the end of the 18th century. Genus iris was conferred by Linnaeus, named for the mythical goddess Iris, herself named from the Greek for rainbow, denoting the vast range of colors in these flowers. Over 150 species exist around the world. Iris pallida is native to Italy and is a parent of the tall bearded iris, which is the source of the sweet fragrance found in modern hybrids.
    The iris is the source of the French national symbol, the fleur-de-lis.


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