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Tall Bearded German
IRIS
Iris germanica

Description:
From the Greek word for rainbow, Iris refers to a large plant family with a wide variety of flower colors found among the many species.   The Tall Bearded Irises are the most widely planted Irises.  Flowers can range from white to yellow or red to violet or blue to lavender. Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

 

 
Common Name: Tall Bearded Iris, German Iris
Botanical Name: Iris germanica
Type: Perennial, tuber
Soil Preference: The most critical growing factor is the moisture level of the soil and drainage. Bearded Irises will absolutely not tolerate "wet feet" (too much water will cause the rhizomes to rot) and require very well-drained soil at all times of the year. They will grow in any good garden soil as long as this drainage is provided.
Light Requirements: All Bearded Irises will produce the most flowers if they receive a full day of sun, but will also perform reasonably well with a half day of sun.
Attributes: Cut flower, deer resistant, rabbit resistant
Pests: Iris borer
Diseases: N/A
Good Companion Plants: Corydalis, Hardy Geranium, Lamb's Ear, Garden Peony, Poppy, Cushion Spurge, Sedum
Care: Irises are generally heavy feeders and should be fertilized 3 times per year: first in the spring when new growth appears, second right after blooming, and third in the fall. When planting them for the first time or when transplanting, use a no-nitrogen fertilizer such as 0-10-10 worked into the soil. Division is recommended every 3-4 years to maintain healthy plants and achieve the maximum bloom. The best time of year to plant irises is in late summer after they are done blooming. Dig up the entire clump and use a sharp knife to cut apart the rhizomes. Keep only the newer ones around the outer edge of the clump and discard the old, woody center. Replant the new divisions 12-18 in. apart to allow ample room for new growth and good air circulation. Planting at the correct level is critical to the plant's health and flower production. Rhizomes should be planted so the soil barely covers the top of them, or 1-2 in. deep. Doing so will help to prevent soft rot.

Planting Instructions:  Perennials
Water & Fertilizer Schedule

 

Varieties:

This variety listing is for informational purposes only, it is not a catalog. 
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Iris germanica 'Batik'
Tall Bearded German Iris
zones 3-10
 
Description:  Royal purple flowers with wildly irregular, spattered and streaked, white markings on both standards and falls.  Very distinctive variety with a stately habit and large flowers.  Blooms in late spring.
Bloom Color: Royal Purple
Bloom Time: Late spring
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 26"
Spread: 12-18"


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Iris germanica 'Before the Storm'
Tall Bearded German Iris
zones 3-10
 
Description:  Regarded as one of the darkest purple-black irises available today.  Flowers are uniform in color with widely flared falls.  Slight sweet fragrance.  Excellent growth habit.  Blooms in late spring.
Bloom Color: Dark purple
Bloom Time: Late spring
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 37"
Spread: 18-24"


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Iris germanica 'Beverly Sills'
Tall Bearded German Iris
zones 3-10
 
Description:  Uniform coral pink self with lacy edges and impeccable form.  Very fast grower and heavy bloomer.  Blooms in late spring.  Still one of the most sought-after irises today.
Bloom Color: Coral pink
Bloom Time: Late spring
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 35"
Spread: 18-24"


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Iris germanica 'Clarence'
Tall Bearded German Iris
zones 3-10
 
Description:  Pale blue standards and flaring, ruffled, violet-blue falls with large, white beards.  Well-branched and budded with 7-10 buds.  Sweetly fragrant.  Blooms in late spring and again in fall; highly recognized for its dependable re-bloom.
Bloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: Late spring
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 35"
Spread: 18-24"


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Iris germanica 'Happenstance'
Tall Bearded German Iris
zones 3-10
 
Description:  According to the Iris experts at Schreiner’s, this is perhaps the hardiest and most vigorous pink Iris currently on the market. Baby pink flowers with coral beards and lightly ruffled, laced petals are produced midseason on three foot tall stems. 
Bloom Color: Pink Shades
Bloom Time: Late spring
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 37-40"
Spread: 12-18"


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Iris germanica 'Immortality'
Tall Bearded German Iris
zones 3-10
 
Description:  Ruffled, soft white self with pale lemon-yellow beards.  Strong sweet fragrance.  Begins to bloom in late spring, and is nearly ever-blooming once established. Has the most consistent re-blooming ability of any iris throughout the country.
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Late spring
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 29"
Spread: 18-24"


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Iris germanica 'Lace Artistry'
Tall Bearded German Iris
zones 3-10
 
Description:  Even more beautiful when viewed up close, this delicate peachy pink iris has frilly ruffled petals like a little girl's party dress.  The center of the falls brightens to cream, highlighting the apricot beards.  A work of art!
Bloom Color: Pink Shades
Bloom Time: Late spring
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 37"
Spread: 18-24"


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Iris germanica 'Lovely Senorita'
Tall Bearded German Iris
zones 3-10
 
Description:  A distinctive Latino feel to spice up any sunny garden! An orange bicolor with upright tangerine-orange standards and deeper coppery-red falls with a bright orange beard.  At their fullest, the blossoms measure 6” tall by 4” wide, making them one of the showiest flowers in the garden in early summer. 
Bloom Color: Gold/Orange Shades
Bloom Time: Early Summer
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 40"
Spread: 12-18"


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Iris germanica 'Millenium Sunrise'
Tall Bearded German Iris
zones 3-10
 
Description:  This Iris really stands out from the crowd with its unique apricot colored flowers.  The huge blossoms measure an incredible 4” x 7” and have a broad form with widely spreading falls.  Pure apricot standards are edged with beautiful ruffles and lacing. 
Bloom Color: Apricot
Bloom Time: Late spring
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 39"
Spread: 18-24"


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Iris germanica 'Poem of Ecstasy'
Tall Bearded German Iris
zones 3-10
 
Description:  This pastel colored bicolor will grace your garden with its large, romantic colored blossoms in late spring to early summer.  Peachy pink standards contrast nicely with the smooth lavender falls and golden orange beards, each edged in flowing ruffles. 
Bloom Color: Bicolor
Bloom Time: Late spring
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 36"
Spread: 18-24"


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Iris germanica 'Princess Caroline de Monaco'
Tall Bearded German Iris
zones 3-10
 
Description:  Light blue self with large, ruffled petals and sharply contrasting, bright tangerine beards.  Displays excellent vigor.  Blooms in late spring.
Bloom Color: Light blue
Bloom Time: Late spring
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 34"
Spread: 18-24"


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Iris germanica 'Raptor Red'
Tall Bearded German Iris
zones 3-10
 
Description: Iridescent wine red, ruffled standards stand stiffly upright above the slightly flaring, deep maroon falls topped with bright mustard yellow beards.  The bouncy looking flowers display great ruffling too.  The large blossoms are presented nicely on strong, 4-way branched stems early to midseason.    
Bloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Early Summer
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 34"
Spread: 12-18"


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Iris germanica 'Rip City'
Tall Bearded German Iris
zones 3-9
 
Description: Shiny carmine red flowers with a golden beard are nicely ruffled. Thick well-branched stems and high bud counts gives all season color. The Tall Beards bloom after the Dwarf Irises but before the Japanese and Siberian Irises.
Bloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Early Summer
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 38-40"
Spread: 18-24"


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Iris germanica 'Swingtown'
Tall Bearded German Iris
zones 3-10
 
Description: Fragrant, rich mulberry (deep purple-red) self with impeccable form bloom prolifically in early summer. Very sturdy, branched stems bear about 7-9 buds.  They are wonderful accent plants for late spring gardens.
Bloom Color: Deep Purple-Red
Bloom Time: Late spring
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 36"
Spread: 18-24"


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Iris germanica 'Savannah Sunset'
Tall Bearded German Iris
zones 3-10
 
Description:  Glowing, cadmium orange self with tangerine beards .  Blooms for an exceptionally long period from late spring through early summer.
Bloom Color: Orange
Bloom Time: Late spring
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 38"
Spread: 18-24"


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Iris germanica 'Stairway to Heaven'
Tall Bearded German Iris
zones 3-10
 
Description:  Perfectly arching near white standards and round flaring medium blue falls. Wonderful wave-like ruffles. Strong stems with good bud count. Plant rhizomes near the soil surface. Drought tolerant.
Bloom Color: Bicolor
Bloom Time: Late spring
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 36-40"
Spread: 18-24"


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Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

Iris germanica 'Tanzanian Tangerine'
Tall Bearded German Iris
zones 3-10
 
Description: Known for the wild broken color patterns of his introductions such as 'Gnus Flash', this selection is just as unique!  Ruffled, peachy tan flowers have clear standards but the falls are misted with a fine spray of wine red color.  A subtle picotee wine red edge and orange beards complete the look.   
Bloom Color: Peach
Bloom Time: Late spring
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 38"
Spread: 18-24"
 
   
 
   
   
   
   
   
 
 

 


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