Magnificent and delightfully scented, award-winner Iris 'Blue Rhythm' features very large cornflower blue flowers delicately softened with a silvery overtone. Arched and domed, the standards sit on broad, semi-flaring falls adorned with bright golden beards frosted white at their tips. Perfectly branched and prolific, this stately Tall Bearded Iris won the most prestigious award of the American Iris Society, the Dykes Medal in 1950. The lemon-scented blooms of this classic iris rise with majesty up to 36-40 inches high (90-100 cm) atop a lovely sword-shaped foliage which will continue to add interest in the landscape after flowering is over. A midseason bloomer, 'Blue Rhythm' looks beautiful next to silver-leaved perennials such as lavender and Russian sage.
- Easy to grow, it is deer and rabbit resistant, and quite drought tolerant once established.
- Won many major awards, including the prestigious Dykes Medal (1950)
- Profuse bloomer, it will bring its glorious and glamorous blooms in late spring or early summer over a long blooming period. Please note that bloom times depend very much on the weather.
- Performs best in full sun in humus rich, medium moisture, well-drained soils.Tolerates light shade, but best flowering and disease resistance occur in full sun. Good soil drainage is essential to prevent rot issues.
- Grows from creeping rhizomes which store food produced by the sword-shaped, semi-evergreen leaves and form large clumps over time
- A welcomed addition to herbaceous borders, sunny courtyards or urban gardens where the sword-like foliage and vibrant color will combine harmoniously with the stones and angular hardscaping. Roses also provide a lovely backdrop for this tall variety.
- The best time to plant bearded irises is July through September. Container-grown iris can be planted in the spring.
- Ingestion may cause discomfort.
Bearded irises are classified by height and flower size into 6 groups. Since these groups bloom at slightly different time, combining specimens from different groups will extend your color display for a couple weeks.