Bearded iris

Iris 'Dutch Chocolate'

Bearded iris - Iris  'Dutch Chocolate'

Common Name: Bearded iris
Genus: Iris
Cultivar: 'Dutch Chocolate'

Category: Bulbs, Corms, Tubers & Rhizomatous Plants
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has fragrant flowers/foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.90 m (90 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.10 m (10 cm)

Foliage Type: Semi EvergreenFlower Colour: Brown
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: May & June

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained

  • An unusual new introduction with rich brown fragrant ruffled blooms in May and June. It not only looks great but actually flowers for longer - sometimes up to four weeks - often with repeat performance in the autumn if the weather is hot and dry. Lovely in drifts in a sunny border.

  • Garden care: Bearded irises prefer full sun and neutral-alkaline soil but if you have acidic or peaty soils you can top dress with lime before planting for good results. Plant shallowly with the upper part of the rhizome sitting on the surface of the soil incorporating a low nitrogen fertiliser in the planting hole. After planting remove the upper-most third of the leaves to protect against wind-rock. In exposed areas stake with bamboo canes in early spring. Divide and replant about every three years.

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