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Iris pallida, ‘Variegata’

Iris pallida, ‘Variegata’ produces sweetly fragrant, pale lavender-blue flowers with creamy yellow streaking on gray-green foliage. ‘Variegata’ is an extremely decorative plant whose elegantly striped leaves are its glory. This Iris is quite popular because of its variegated foliage. The striped leaves are certainly very striking, and last most of the year rather than dying back. In areas, with mild winters it comes very close to being fully evergreen, and the fans of sabers are more than commonly well arranged.

An iris this attractive whether in bloom or not is a very welcome addition to a sunny garden. Flowers are excellent for cutting.The Iris pallida is commonly known as Dalmatian Iris because it is native to Dalmatia, a province of Croatia. It is also native to the southern Alps. As a parent of the Tall Bearded Iris, it is the source of the sweet fragrance found in many of today’s hybrids. Good iris for partial shade locations, borders, open woodland gardens and shade gardens.

Iris sibirica: Exceptional hardiness, easy culture, long life and durable, handsome foliage rank this perennial among the favorites. Performs well near streams, bogs or in open meadows, and blooms between spring flowering and summer flowering perennials.


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Plant Details +

Botanical Iris pallida 'Variegata'
Common Name Dalmatian iris
Family Iridaceae
Size #1
Height 24-36"
Spacing 10-18"
Hardiness Zones 3-10
Exposure Full sun to partial shade
Foliage Gray-green variegated with stripes of creamy yellow, stiff and upright
Flower Pale lavender-blue
Bloomtime June - July

General Information +

General Characteristics: It is a rhizomatous bearded iris that features sword-shaped, gray-green leaves (to 24" long) and pale lavender-blue flowers with yellow beards. Flowers (3-5" across) appear in late spring to early summer atop sparsely-branched scapes rising to 40" tall. Spathes are white and papery. The species is sometimes cultivated as a source of orris (from the rhizomes), which is used in perfumes and breath fresheners. Also commonly known as sweet iris, orris or orris root. 'Variegata' is synonymous with 'Aurea Variegata' and features gray-green leaves variegated with stripes of creamy yellow. After the plant has finished flowering just remove the flower spike but don't cut the plant back to the ground. Mixes well with other perennials and provides excellent color and contrast to the perennial border. Massed plantings or well-placed specimens can enhance almost any setting, and the foliage provides lasting beauty after bloom. This Iris needs plenty of water throughout the season to continue to look its best.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Planting Instructions: Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the root meets the stem) is about 1-2 inches below the soil surface. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly. Best grown in moist, humusy, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Established plants tolerate dry conditions. Best in sunny locations, but this species is more shade-tolerant than many other species of iris. Divide in late summer as needed.

Pests or Diseases: No serious pest or disease problems. Susceptible to iris borer.