The Bearded Iris Springtime Beauty

Part of the You Can Learn Landscaping and Gardening series.
By Ken Brown
October 29, 2005

The Bearded Iris is a spring bloomer, that grows up to four feet tall with a spread of as much as two feet. Though the iris blooms in early spring like bulb plants, most grow from rhizome systems. There are some that grow from bulbs. You can get a wide variety of colors: blue, violet, yellow, purple, red, white and pink.

The Bearded Iris is easy to maintain with few pests. There is one pest, the iris borer, that will burrow into the rhizome system and destroy the rhizomes. This pest is the larva of the night-flying moth. You can control it with a spring time application to the leaves of Cygon or Orthene.

This flower is easy to grow, requiring little care. They will reward you with spring and early summer beauty. Be sure and allow for good drainage to prevent rhizome rotting.

To get that all year flower garden, plant the Iris in with Coneflowers, Threadleaf Coreopsis, Russian Sage, Daylilies, and other late bloomers. Add some Purple Fountain Grass for all year beauty.

You can divide this plant during the midsummer. Just lift a clump, remove any rhizomes that look bad, and then separate into groups containing leaves, some rhizomes and feeder roots.
Perennial Full Sun to full shade
Provide an inch of water per week Divide irises when they become crowded
Grows to 1 to 4 feet high Grows 1 to 2 feet wide
Flowers from early spring to summer Colors of Pink, Yellow, Lavendar, Red, White, Purple, and Violet

A photo of a group of bearded iris.
A view of a grouping of the Bearded Iris.

Notice unique flower structure.
The bearded iris comes in yellow, purple, pink and white.
The Bearded Iris comes in yellow, purple, pink and white.

It almost looks like a catepillar is crawling through the flower.
The Bearded Iris comes in yellow, purple, pink and white.
Comes in yellow, purple, pink and white.

You can place the Bearded Iris in sunny, dry spots in your garden or even in full shade. You can stake plants that tend to fall over. Be careful not to damage the rhizomes when placing the stakes in the ground.

You can plant it in the fall or late summer. Wait until the plant has stopped flowering before splitting.

Remember to give the Bearded Iris an inch of water a week and then spend the rest of the time enjoying this spring beauty.

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