Tall bearded iris

Iris 'English Cottage'

Tall bearded iris - Iris  'English Cottage'

Common Name: Tall bearded iris
Genus: Iris
Cultivar: 'English Cottage'

Category: Bulbs, Corms, Tubers & Rhizomatous Plants
Growth Rate: Average

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.90 m (90 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.50 m (50 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Blue, White, Yellow
Foliage Colour: Blue/GreenFlowering Period: May & June

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

  • Other Features: All parts of the plant may cause severe discomfort if ingested!

    A nearly pure white bearded iris but the white standards have a faint hint of pale blue towards their edges. The falls are more noticeably veined and they have a yellow beard. Overall they are glorious. It is a reliable performer with large flowers on tall stems above the fan of sword-shaped foliage. Like all irises it is worth preparing the soil before planting by adding plenty of well rotted manure or good garden compost to provide nitrogen and other nutrients.

  • 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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