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Iris ‘Stairway to Heaven’ (Bearded Iris)

Tall Bearded Iris 'Stairway to Heaven', Iris Germanica 'Stairway to Heaven', Early Midseason Irises

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Vigorous, award-winning Iris ‘Stairway To Heaven’ is an elegant beauty that never fails to create a stunning effect in the garden, with its ruffled, perfectly arched creamy-white standards and round flaring medium blue falls. This Tall Bearded Iris rises up to 39 inches high (98 cm) atop the lovely sword-shaped foliage which will continue to add interest to the landscape after flowering is over.

  • Easy to grow, it is deer and rabbit resistant, and quite drought tolerant once established.
  • Won many awards including the American Dykes Medal (2000), which is one of the highest awards judged by the American Iris Society.
  • A profuse bloomer, it produces up to 8-10 buds per stem and 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-richmedium moisturewell-drained soilsTolerates 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 borderssunny 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 to this tall variety.
  • The best time to plant bearded irises is July through September. Container-grown iris can be planted in the spring.
  • All parts may cause discomfort if ingested. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling.
  • Toxic to dogs, toxic to cats, toxic to horses.

Bearded irises are classified by height and flower size into 6 groups. Since these groups bloom at slightly different times, combining specimens from different groups will extend your color display for a couple of weeks.

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 9
Heat Zones 1 - 9
Climate Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Iridaceae
Genus Iris germanica
Common names Iris, Bearded Iris
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 3' - 4'
(90cm - 120cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 18" - 24"
(50cm - 60cm)
Maintenance Average
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Cutting Garden, City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Iris ‘Black Gamecock’ (Louisiana Iris)
Iris ‘Black Swan’ (Bearded Iris)
Iris ‘Quechee’ (Bearded Iris)
Iris ‘Hold My Hand’ (Bearded Iris)
Iris ‘Twilight Rapture’ (Bearded Iris)
Iris ‘Imperial Reign’ (Bearded Iris)

Recommended Companion Plants

Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata ‘Nora Barlow’ (Columbine)
Iris ‘Above The Clouds’ (Bearded Iris)
Iris ‘Acapulco Gold’ (Bearded Iris)
Orlaya grandiflora (White Lace Flower)
Thalictrum aquilegiifolium (Meadow Rue)
Geranium ‘Johnson’s Blue’ (Cranesbill)
Cirsium rivulare ‘Atropurpureum’ (Plume Thistle)
Iris ‘Pink Attraction’ (Reblooming Bearded Iris)
Iris ‘Beverly Sills’ (Bearded Iris)
Salvia x sylvestris ‘Mainacht’ (Wood Sage)

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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.
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Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 9
Heat Zones 1 - 9
Climate Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Iridaceae
Genus Iris germanica
Common names Iris, Bearded Iris
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 3' - 4'
(90cm - 120cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 18" - 24"
(50cm - 60cm)
Maintenance Average
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Cutting Garden, City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage
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Do I Need?
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