A jewel in the garden, Iris sibirica 'Ruffled Velvet' (Siberian Iris) is a clump-forming perennial with incredibly beautiful flowers in late spring to early summer. Each blossom features broad amethyst standards and ruffled, deeper purple falls delicately yellow-veined at their base. After blooming, the grass-like foliage, consisting of sturdy clumps of upright gray-green, narrow and fairly rigid, blade-shaped leaves, is also one of its most attractive garden features. Spectacular when planted in groups.
- Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit (RHS) and Morgan Award, the highest award reserved exclusively for Siberian Irises within the American Iris Society.
- Grows up to 24-30 in. tall and wide (60-75 cm).
- Performs best in full sun or part shade, in average, medium to wet soils. Shade is tolerated, but the flowering performance may be altered. While this lovely iris enjoys a wide range of soils, slightly acidic soil is where this plant will thrive. Drought tolerant, even though this iris prefers adequate moisture.
- Among the most trouble-free and low maintenance plants in the garden, Siberian Irises are deer resistant.
- A welcomed addition to beds and borders or near streams or ponds, where it provides excellent color contrast.
- The best time to plant Siberian Irises is spring or late summer.
- Propagate by division of rhizomes from midsummer to early fall
- Ingestion may cause severe discomfort.