Tall Bearded Iris
   

 

     

(Bare root plants shipped mid-June through February)

Key to Iris Abbreviations:
r     =  May rebloom at other times of the year, but not consistently.
R    =   Consistent rebloomer for us.
RR =   Multiple bloom cycles each year.

   
   

 

Bearded Iris are the showiest, most fragrant iris group, and the best suited to our climate. In Southern California, they are far more heat/drought tolerant than our native California irises. Landscape use has been limited in the past due to their short bloom season. That has changed.  We now have varieties that rebloom up to five times annually. With proper selection, gardeners in California can enjoy blooming irises every month of the year.

Bearded iris range from 8” tall Miniature Dwarf Bearded through Standard Dwarf, Intermediate, Miniature Tall, Border Bearded and Tall Bearded. Since most smaller bearded iris varieties need a hard freeze to bloom well, we grow mostly tall beardeds. How tall depends on winter chill and spring temperatures. Varieties that are reliably tall for us (over 26”) are noted.

Bearded iris blooms have six petals: three that stand up (standards) and three that hang down (falls). Each fall has a small fuzzy spot near the throat (the beard). Older iris varieties, with narrower, less ruffled petals, are referred to as “Van Gogh style” blooms. Peak iris bloom here is late April-May.

Care:  Tall bearded iris prefer average garden conditions, with at least half a day of full sun. They do not like soggy, shady areas with poor air circulation. In Southern California, rhizomes (swollen tuber-like roots) should have ¼” to ½” of soil covering them, and should not be smothered by mulch or herbaceous ground covers. Tall bearded irises can survive a drought and low soil fertility, but they will thrive among roses and daylilies. For optimum bloom, reinvigorate your iris clumps by digging and dividing them every 2-4 years.  We fertilize infrequently, but top dress with compost and gypsum in January/February and August/September.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
   
   
 

BEVERLY SILLS 8.00

Famous tall ruffled reblooming peach/pink. Performs best if replanted every year or two. R

   
   
   
 

BOUNTIFUL HARVEST 8.00

Vigorous, medium height plant with white blooms edged in purple. R

   
 

 


   
 

BREAKERS 8.00

Very tall, well branched stalks are great for cutting. Dark purplish blue blooms are ruffled and profuse. Excellent mass landscape plant. Fragrant. R

 
   
   
 

BRIGHT WARRIOR 11.00

A slightly more ruffled, earlier blooming version of ‘Cable Car’. Plant it behind ‘Cable Car’ to extend the bloom season.

 
   
   
 

CABLE CAR 11.00


Glowing, large honey brown blooms begin in mid season and go on and on. Superb foliage. Very popular with landscape professionals.

   
   
   
 

CHAMPAGNE ELEGANCE 8.00

Tall, well branched bloomstalks with white standards and buff peach falls. R

   
   
   
 

DAZZLING GOLD 8.00

Brilliant gold blooms with soft sienna brush-strokes. Medium height. R

 
   
   
 

DUSKY CHALLENGER 8.00

Huge, dramatic, ruffled dark purple blooms with a blue shimmer on tall, vigorous, well-branched stalks. Very popular. Late season bloom.

   
   
   
    EDITH WOLFORD Disc. Sub JURASSIC PARK    
   
   
 

EGGNOG 10.00

Wide rounded blooms are a soft mustard yellow. R

 
   
   
 

FEEDBACK 10.00

Bright purplish blue medium sized blooms stand out in the garden. Great fragrance. Medium height. RR

 
   
   
 

FREQUENT FLYER 11.00

Our most popular iris. Handsome gray green foliage on vigorous clumps. Ruffled white blooms with pale lemon beards and a clean fragrance. Cut stems of ‘Frequent Flyer’ have flown on a Rose Parade float! RR

 
   
   
 

FREQUENT VIOLET (R. Figge) 10.00

A tall purple with medium sized blooms that blooms almost as much as ‘Frequent Flyer’. RR

 
   
   
    GOING MY WAY Disc. Sub BOUNTIFUL HARVEST blooms more.    
   
   
 

‘GRANDMA’S PURPLE FLAG’ 8.00

This familiar 15”-20” little gem is found in old home sites throughout America. Small “Van Gogh style” clear purple blooms have bluish beards and a spicy fragrance. Erect, spiky foliage is very heat and cold tolerant. RR

 
   
   
 

GREAT GRANDMA’S PURPLE FLAG’ 8.00

A bit taller than ‘Grandma’s Purple’ with softer, more shade tolerant foliage. Profuse purple blooms have small white and gold beards. Excellent for coastal conditions. RR

 
   
   
   

HINDENBURG Disc. Sub ORANGE HARVEST

   
   
   
 

IDA RED 11.00

We’ve been hoarding this one for years, and finally have enough. Vigorous, medium height plant with glowing deep wine red blooms. RR

   
   
   
 

IMMORTALITY 8.00

Famous bluish white rebloomer. ‘Van Gogh style” blooms. Medium height. Sweet fragrance. R

   
   
   
 

IRIS PALLIDA ‘ZEBRA’ (AUREO VAR.) 10.00

This garden favorite is grown more for its striking creamy variegated deciduous foliage than its fragrant blue blooms. Avoid intense heat and poor drainage.

   
   
   
   

IRIS P.‘WHITE ZEBRA’(ARG. VAR.) 10.00

Similar to ‘Zebra’ but with white or “silver” variegation. Less vigorous.

   
   
   
 

JENNIFER REBECCA 8.00

The first modern repeat blooming true pink. Slow growing. Mix with ‘Sweet Musette’ for an extended show. R

 
   
   
 

JURASSIC PARK 10.00

A show stopper! Tall, branched stalks with huge, well-spaced blooms. Standards are a smoky yellow and falls are dramatic purple. One bloomstalk in a vase makes an instant flower arrangement. R

   
   
   
 

MARY FRANCES 8.00

Large clean pure lavender blooms and handsome foliage make this a favorite with landscape professionals. Nice fragrance. Try it near wisteria, lavender or ‘Iceberg’ roses. Reblooms best within five miles of the coast. R

   
   
   
    MERRY MADRIGAL Disc. Sub JURASSIC PARK    
   
   
 

ORANGE HARVEST 14.00

Medium height, soft clear orange with deep orange beards. R

   
   
   
 

PAPRIKA FONOS 8.00

A vigorous early season bloomer in rich earth tones. Buff ivory blooms are almost completely covered with spots and splashes of paprika. Blooms appear red from a distance. R

 
   
   
 

PERSIAN BERRY 8.00

Captivating color provokes comments from all our visitors. Rich orchid pink blooms with hints of lavender look slightly different every day. Extremely vigorous growth and extended bloom season.

   
   
   
   

SKYLAB Disc. Sub WORLD PREMIER is better.

   
   
   
   

SUMMER OLYMPICS 8.00

This soft clear yellow medalist shines in your garden in any season. Narrower foliage and blooms than ‘Total Recall’. RR

   
   
   
   

SUPERSTITION 8.00

Our most popular black for over 10 years. Deep, velvety red black blooms appear late in the season and have an alluring berry fragrance.

   
   
   
 

SWEET MUSETTE 8.00

The star of the late season! Just as most irises are wrapping it up, this beauty sends up tall, vigorous stalks filled with buds. Huge ruffled blooms have soft rose pink standards and rich lilac pink falls.

 
   
   
 

TOTAL RECALL 8.00

Very large soft yellow blooms on thick, well branched stalks. Similar to ‘Breakers’ in vigor and size. Superb foliage. RR

 
   
   
 

VICTORIA FALLS 8.00

Very tall, well branched stalks with large ruffled sky blue blooms accented by a white splash on the falls. RR

 
   
   
 

WAR CHIEF 10.00

Striking brick red blooms on tall plants.

   
   
   
   

WHOOP ‘EM UP 11.00

Small blooms with clear gold standards over mahogany falls on short, well branched stalks. Border plant. R

   
   
   
 

WINE FESTIVAL 11.00

Tall bloomstalks with white blooms bordered by, and nearly covered with, dark wine-red dots. R

 
   
   
 

WORLD PREMIER 10.00

Tall, well-branched stalks with stunning two-toned blooms. Standards are a crisp sky blue and falls are a velvety deep cobalt blue. Excellent foliage. R

 
   
   
         
         
   
   
   

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