Bearded iris

Iris 'Interpol'

Bearded iris - Iris  'Interpol'

Common Name: Bearded iris
Genus: Iris
Cultivar: 'Interpol'

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

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.90 m (90 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.50 m (50 cm)

Foliage Type: Semi EvergreenFlower Colour: Black, Purple
Foliage Colour: Green, Grey/SilverFlowering Period: May & June

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

Deservedly popular, this variety has traditionally shaped purple-black flowers with standards that reach up and overlap at the top while the velvety falls curl downwards. They are deliciously scented and have a touch of mustard through the beard. They look mouth-watering perched on top of fans of sword-shaped grey-green leaves. This tall bearded Iris looks stunning planted en masse in a sunny well-drained border or as part of a cottage-garden scheme.

  • 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 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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