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Iris pallida 'Variegata' (Dalmatian Iris)

Dalmatian Iris 'Variegata', Sweet Iris 'Variegata', Zebra Iris 'Variegata', Iris pallida foliis variegatis, Iris pallida 'Aurea', Iris pallida 'Aurea Variegata', Iris pallida 'Variegata Aurea'


Native of Dalmatia in Croatia, Iris Pallida 'Variegata' is a semi-evergreen rhizomatous Bearded Iris noted for its striking foliage and showy, scented purple flowers. The unique variegated foliage consists of sword-like leaves, elegantly striped with creamy yellow and gray-green. Long-lasting, it extends its dramatic interest through fall and even winter, if mild enough. Sweetly fragrant, lavender-blue flowers with decorative yellow beards, about 4 in. across (10cm) appear in late spring atop scapes rising to 34 in. tall (85 cm).

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.
  • Graceful and vigorous, this strong performer is easy to grow and low maintenance!
  • Most spectacular when planted in large groupings where it develops a bouquet effect and rises up to 34 in. (85 cm) and spreads to 12-18 in. (30-45 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun or part shade, in acidic, moist, humus-rich soils. Drought tolerant (established plants tolerate some dry conditions). Prefers a sunny location, but this species is more shade-tolerant than many other species of Iris.
  • A welcomed addition to beds, borders, cottage gardens, city gardens or coastal garden, where it will provide excellent color contrast. Great iris for partial shade gardens! Excellent for cutting.
  • Attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds, but ignored by deer and rabbit!
  • No serious insect or disease issues but watch for iris borer.
  • Cut back after flowering.
  • Divide in late summer if required.
  • Ingestion may cause severe discomfort.

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 10
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Iris - Other
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" (45cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Salt
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 10
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Iris - Other
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" (45cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Salt
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage

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