Variegated Sweet Iris
Variegated Sweet Iris
Iris pallida 'Variegata'Item #4598 USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 - 9
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Flashy, green and golden-striped foliage to brighten the garden! Light lavender-blue bearded flowers have a soft, sweet fragrance. Excellent near the front of borders where the foliage can be seen close up. Best in full sun, but this species is more shade-tolerant than many other species of iris. An herbaceous perennial.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:EYE-riss PAL-li-daPlant type:PerennialDeciduous/evergreen:HerbaceousGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing; forms clumps 2 ft. tall.Foliage color:VariegatedBlooms:SpringFlower color:BlueDesign 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)
- CareCare InformationProvide 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:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory: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.Lore:The iris is the source of the French national symbol, the fleur-de-lis.