Pastels are perfected by bearded iris.

When there is not an app for that, there is probably a bearded iris that will work just fine. Really, there is just about every shade of yellow, blue, purple, orange, pink and almost-red imaginable, ranging from wildly bright to subdued pastel. There are actually several shades of white, and a few rare flavors of dark purplish black.

It seems that the most popular of the bearded iris bloom with two or more colors. The standards may be very different from the falls. Any part of the flower may be striped, spotted, blotched or bordered with another color. Flowers may be relatively simple or garishly ruffled. Many are fragrant.

Bearded Iris bloom between March and May. Some of the modern varieties bloom again in autumn. Flower stems can be as short as a few inches, or as tall as four feet, with only a few to several flowers. The rubbery and somewhat bluish leaves form flat fans that look neater if groomed of deteriorating older leaves. Each fan dies back after bloom, but is efficiently replaced by about two more new fans. Colonies of fans should be divided over summer every few years, or as they get too crowded to bloom well. Bearded iris likes well drained soil and at least six hours of direct sun exposure daily.

6 thoughts on “Bearded Iris

    1. Yes, and so easy. There are several here that needed to be removed from the garden they were in, but at the wrong time. They should bloom next year. They all have their unique history. My Iris pallida, which I always though of as a bearded iris, came from the garden of my maternal maternal great mother.

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    1. Thank you. How do you add more? Are they actually purchased? For my own garden, I have a rule against purchasing things such as bearded iris, which are so commonly available from other gardens. All of mine have history.

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