Sea Power’ has incredibly surging bubble ruffling and its deep cornflower blue color evoke images of an angry sea responding to Neptune’s command. This child of Yaquina Blue X Jazz Me Blue probably has the most lavish ruffled flower form of any blue Iris we know. An added plus is its pronounced sweet fragrance.
Awards: HM ’01, AM ’03, Wister Medal ’05, Dykes Medal ’06
Bearded Iris: Iris germanica, is a hardy, long-lived perennial that requires a minimum of maintenance. The flowers have six petals, three upright petals (called standards) and three hanging petals (called falls). A fuzzy line or beard runs down the middle of each fall. Flowers come in many colors including blue, pink, purple, reddish, white, yellow, and bi-colors. Most Bearded Iris flower in the spring (April to June depending on cultivar), but some of the new cultivars re-flower in the summer and fall. The second flower display is not as showy as the spring display but lasts into the fall. Many re-blooming iris are fragrant. Iris have thick, fleshy, underground stems (called rhizomes) that store food produced by the sword-shaped, semi-evergreen leaves. The rhizomes grow best when planted at or slightly below the soil surface with feeder roots penetrating the soil below. Each year underground offsets develop from the original rhizome. Buds produce a large fan of leaves and several flower stalks. Success with iris depends on keeping the rhizomes firm and healthy. In general, this is done by providing the rhizome good drainage while the feeder roots below remain moist but not wet.