Bearded iris

Iris 'Jane Phillips'

Bearded iris - Iris  'Jane Phillips'

Common Name: Bearded iris
Genus: Iris
Cultivar: 'Jane Phillips'

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

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.20 m (120 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.60 m (60 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Blue
Foliage Colour: Green, Grey/SilverFlowering Period: May & June

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

Deservedly popular, this has delicate flax-blue slightly fragrant flowers with spectacular ruffled petals in May and June and fans of sword-shaped grey-green leaves. This tall bearded iris is gorgeous 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 to acidic soil but they are tolerant of alkaline soils as long as the pH is not too high. 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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