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Bearded Iris

Iris × germanica

Also known as

German Iris, Flags

Photo by EdelMarie (All rights reserved)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Bearded Iris Overview

Iris germanica is a flowering plant in the Iris family with large petals and beautiful blooms every year. It is a hybrid origin and not from the wild, but colors have been bred from all colours of the rainbow! It is popular in gardens because low maintenance, permanent foliage and striking flowers.

Common problems with Bearded Iris

Problem free.

    How to harvest Bearded Iris

    Picked flowers last only a day or two. Harvest rhizomes as needed.

    How to propagate Bearded Iris


    Divide the rhizomes after flowering and replant shallowly!


    Not often used.

    Special features of Bearded Iris

    Drought resistant

    The rhizome store reserves to survive dry periods.

    Pot plant

    Wet sites

    Attractive flowers

    Cultivars range in colour from blue, purple, yellow, orange to white.

    Other uses of Bearded Iris


    The rhizomes help to fix perfume scents, although not fragrant itself.

    OPALS - Ogren Plant Allergy Scale

    Plants with a very low potential to cause allergic reactions (1 to 3 rating)

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