Iris germanica

Bearded Iris, German Iris

  • Iris germanica

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Growing Info

Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: warm stratify for 30 days, cold stratify for 60 days
Germination: sow seed 1/4" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed

Other: mechanical rupture of the pericarp is recommended before stratification 

Discover the enchanting beauty of Iris germanica, also known as Bearded Iris or German Iris. As the progenitor of most modern bearded iris cultivars, this iris species is globally revered and has successfully naturalized in many parts of Europe and the U.S. With thousands of cultivars introduced into commerce over time, its exact description may vary. However, Iris germanica is typically characterized by its tall (2-3') stature featuring sword-shaped linear leaves and large, usually fragrant, blooms that sprout from stalks branching below their midpoints.
Each flower proudly displays six perianth segments: three beautifully falling petals painted purple with brown veins, white bases, and yellow beards; and three standards glistering in lilac. Each stalk, growing up to 3' tall, can produce up to six flowers in spring, establishing a stunning visual display. Unlike other plants, the German Iris has no bulb and thrives best in humusy, medium moisture, well-drained soils complimented by the full sun.
The wide array of vibrant colors exhibited by the flowers, including white, yellow, pink, orange, and almost black, pairs with the commonly purple, blue, and violet hues to create a captivating rainbow. The flowers, characterized by sturdy stems sprouting from a dense clump of sword-shaped, gray-green leaves, are renowned for their fascinating structure of both falling and upright petals, featuring a fuzzy "beard" leading insects to its pollen. Care for it involves light fertilization in early spring, avoiding overhead watering, and deadheading spent flowers. Feast your senses on the wonderful spectacle that is the Iris germanica.

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