Known as- Iris
Grow Zone - 3 to 9
Type- Herbaceous perennial
Smith Scl. hardy? No
ht.- 2.5 to 3 ft.
Span- 1.5 to 2 ft.
Coloring- Flamingo Pink
Shade/Light- Full sun
Moisture- Medium dampure
Hi/Lo Maint- Medium
Grow in average, moderate wet, well-drained soil in full sun. Does poorly
in heavy clay soils that are poorly-drained with resulting increased vulnerability
to diseases. Cut back foliage to ground level in winter. Divide and replant
every 3-4 years as clumps become overcrowded.
An erect, tall bearded iris which produces numerous flamingo pink flowers
with flaring falls in late spring on stems up to 35’ arising from
fleshy rhizomes. Green leaves are narrow (1.5’ wide), sword-shaped
and up to 1.5” long. Drought tolerant once established. Dykes Medal
Subject to a number of pests and diseases. The most serious insect pest
is iris borer which tunnels into the rhizomes and increases susceptibility
to bacterial and fungal infections of the rhizomes such as bacterial soft
rot. Various leaf spots can also be problems. Remove and discard infected
rhizomes and plant parts. Aphids and thrips can cause damage to flowers
and spread viral diseases. A regular, preventative insecticide spraying
regimen may be the best way to keep tall bearded iris healthy.