Perhaps the most widely grown of all Iris are the Bearded Iris, you can find many cultivars for sale including tall, medium and dwarf bearded iris. We also have species, although it is the cultivars offered by specialist Iris Nurseries that are most sought after.
Popular both as garden plants and cut flowers, the flowers are described using terms such as falls, standards and beard.
- The standards are the three upper petals, they rise upwards.
- The falls are the three that drop down.
- The beard is the distinguishing feature that sits on the fall. A fuzzy strip that give the plant its name. You can see the beard on the yellow bearded iris pictured right.
So a flower may be described as yellow standards and yellow falls, or maybe having light blue standards and deep blue falls.
Various species and cultivars are also classifies as very early flowering,early, mid season and late. So with clever selection you can have bearded iris flowering for 3 months of the year.
As we are generally dealing with hybrid cultivars the only way for most gardeners to ensure that you are going to get the same flower from aplant plant is by division.
How to divide Bearded Iris Plants
- Use a garden fork to dig around and lift the bearded iris tubers.
- Trim foliage back to 6 inches.
- Divide bearded iris tubers using sharp secateures or knife.
- Discard any rotted or shrivelled tubers.
- Replant in soil that has been replenished with well rotted organic compost.
- Height : 1 ft - 3ft
- Growth : Moderate once established
- Flower color : Huge variety from white to purple with many multi - colors as well.
- Foliage : Usually green sword shaped
- Flowering period : Spring to summer, later in cooler areas
- Seasonal interest : Spring to Summer for foliage
- Landscaping uses : Garden borders, containers and general uses
- Soil Requirements : Well drained, netral to slightly acidic ph
- Position : Full sun to light afternoon shade
As Bearded Iris are highly popular with hybridisers, many new varieties are released for sale by mail order each year. They come in many colors including purple, yellow and white. It is generally the flower color that varies, however you can find tall, medium and dward types for sale
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Where to buyBearded Iris are available for sale from the following growers -
WHITE FLOWER FARM phone 1-800-503-9624
STOUT GARDENS - 405-642-4190
432 NE 70th St
Oaklahoma City, OK 73105
SCHRIENER'S IRIS GARDENS phone 800-525-2367
3625 Quanaby Road N.E
Salem OR, 97303 USA
PINE KNOT FARMS phone 434-252-0768
Rockchurch Road, Clarksville
Virginia 23927 USA