The plant is quite tall at 39 inches, and the flowers large and beautifully formed. Medici Prince offers standards (the top petals that face straight upwards) of ruby-purple, delightfully ruffled, above falls (the lower petals) of pure burgundy. The beards (the tiny "tongue" between the standards and the falls) is a matching shade of burgundy. Red is the only color that has not been successfully produced in Irises, making this purply-burgundy-ruby beauty all the more valuable and unusual!
Best of all, Medici Prince is more weather-resilient than most other Tall Bearded Irises. It bounces back from rain and wind nicely, so if you live in a climate prone to summer thundershowers, you'll appreciate its presence in the border!
Colorful, large, free-flowering, and weather-tough, Medici Prince is truly royalty. And it comes from fine stock: it is the offspring of Tall Bearded Irises Merlot x Brazilian Holiday. Introduced in 2007, within two years it won an Honorable Mention from the American Iris Society!
Like all Tall Beardeds, Medici Prince 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.