Iris Dalmatian

Iris Dalmatian

9 Months of Color Every Year!

Item # 25969

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When you look at a modern Tall Bearded Iris cultivar, do you see the beloved, time-tested Dalmatian Iris? I. pallida was one of the major contributors to the development of the Tall Beardeds, but if all of the species had looked like this variegated, bearded one, we might never have thought of breeding them further! This is an airy cloud of a flower, very large, elegantly shaped, softly colored, sweetly fragrant, and perfectly set atop broadly white-striped gray-green foliage. If there is a prettier or more graceful member of the Iris family, we have yet to see it.

Opening in late spring and continuing into early summer, Dalmatian Iris (also called Variegated Sweet Iris) is a showstopper in the sunny to partly shaded border, thriving in any well-drained soil, even heavy clays. Its 3- to 5-inch lavender-blue blooms with peekaboo yellow beards complement the silvery-cream variegation of the pointed, erect foliage, creating an aura of soft, sparkling color.

The fragrance, variously described as like vanilla, orangeblossom, or grape soda (our personal choice), wafts throughout garden or home -- for these blooms are also ideal for cutting, making a stately presence in the vase on thick stems up to 3 feet long.

Grown in gardens for many, many years, Dalmatian Iris still outshines most of its modern cousins with its beauty and vigor. Semi-evergreen in warm climates, left alone by pests and disease, and prepared to spread, it is even reasonably drought tolerant when well-established. It belongs in the collection of every serious gardener. Zones 4-9.