Great purple flag

Iris pallida 'Variegata'(syn Aurea Variegata)

Great purple flag  - Iris pallida  'Variegata'(syn Aurea Variegata)

Common Name: Great purple flag
Genus: Iris
Species: pallida
Cultivar: 'Variegata'(syn Aurea 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, Yellow, 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 bright green and creamy-yellow striped leaves. This beautiful variegated bearded iris is perfect for a sunny mixed or herbaceous border. In exposed windy areas the branched stems need supporting with bamboo canes before the flowers appear.
  • Other features: all parts of the plant may cause severe discomfort if ingested
  • 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
  • Goes well with: Hemerocallis 'Gentle Shepherd', Kniphofia 'Percy's Pride', Eryngium variifolium, Alchemilla mollis, Paeonia lactiflora 'Kelway's Glorious', Echinops ritro.

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