Great purple flag

Iris pallida 'Argentea Variegata'

Great purple flag - Iris pallida  'Argentea Variegata'

Common Name: Great purple flag
Genus: Iris
Species: pallida
Cultivar: 'Argentea Variegata'

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

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.20 m (120 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.50 m (50 cm)

Foliage Type: Semi EvergreenFlower Colour: Blue
Foliage Colour: Green, Variegated, CreamFlowering Period: May & June

Soil Type: Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained

  • Scented soft blue flowers with yellow beards in May and June and strap-like semi-evergreen leaves that are green-grey and cream striped. This variegated bearded iris looks spectacular all year round. Perfect for a sunny, well-drained mixed border, the tall branched stems need staking with bamboo canes in windy exposed areas.

  • Garden care: 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 minimise the incidence of wind-rock. In exposed areas stake with bamboo canes in early spring.


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