Grand Canyon Sunset offers standards (the top petals that face straight upwards) of pure, rich gold, ruffled and beautiful, above falls (the lower petals) that combine a lavender-pink base with an edge of deep gold to apricot, with an apricot to burnt-orange underside. The beards (the tiny "tongue" between the standards and the falls) are bright orange, adding another tone to the multicolored beauty of the blooms. There's simply no other flower in the garden like this Iris!
And the best part is that Grand Canyon Sunset is very free-flowering. Each bud is double- or triple-socketed, meaning that 2 to 3 blooms arise from every one! And each flowering stem offers up to 10 buds! So you can expect several dozen flowers on every stem over the season of this Iris!
If you love Tall Bearded Irises the way we do, you may be interested in Grand Canyon Sunset's parentage: Lovely Senorita x Millennium Sunrise. Both boasting extra-large blooms, these gorgeous varieties gave Grand Canyon Sunset a head start on beauty!
Like all Tall Beardeds, Grand Canyon Sunset appears in late spring or early summer, depending on how far north you are and how sunny your weather is. It loves full sunshine everywhere but the deep South, and once established, it's quite drought tolerant. Deer and rabbits and other nibbling creatures leave it alone, and it's quite trouble-free, asking only to be divided into new plants every few years to keep the bloom strength up.
The Tall Beardeds make wonderful companions to Daylilies in the border, usually beating them into bloom by just a few weeks, and often overlapping delightfully. You will admire this lovely cultivar for many years to come! Zones 3-8.