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Iris pallida 'Variegata'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Species: pallida (PAL-lid-duh) (Info)
Cultivar: Variegata
Additional cultivar information: (aka Dalmatica, Aurea Variegata, Aureo Variegata, Albo Variegata, Argentea Variegata)

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Medium Blue

Bloom Time:
Late Midseason (MLa)


Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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3 positives
3 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral valleyrimgirl On Jan 3, 2008, valleyrimgirl from Brandon, MB (Zone 2b) wrote:

I grow this iris on the south side of my house, in a fairly sheltered location in my zone 2b garden here in Manitoba, Canada. It is not a fast multiplier by any means but will bloom each year. I am keeping it because of its variegated foliage, not its flowers.

Positive bmuller On May 18, 2007, bmuller from Albuquerque, NM (Zone 7a) wrote:

This plant grew for several years in my garden without blooming. I liked the foliage, but I was almost ready to dig it up if it wasn't going to give me anything more (I wanted the space for other things). Then, three or four years ago, when we removed several trees, providing it with more sun, it bloomed beautifully. It is long-blooming, blooms prolifically, and--a bonus--has an intriguing grape soda (or grape Kool-Aid) fragrance, noticeable from several feet away. (I'm glad I didn't dig it up.)

Positive Gabrielle On Jan 27, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

I love the variegated blades of this iris, even if it never bloomed. I was told that because of the variegation, it is slower growing, though mine is doing very well.

Blooms late May to early June in my garden.

Neutral NellPercy On Jun 20, 2003, NellPercy from Ponca City, OK wrote:

This is the plant that provides orris root. It has been used as a perfume fixative for centuries and was considered medicinal in medieval times (liver disease and edema). See My apologies for not being able to name specific sites but several say that it can be highly allerginic as a fixative and a couple say it can be toxic. In Magick, it is used as a pendulum, to draw love, and as protection. Irises in general grow happily in Zone 6 so I assume this will too.

Neutral Crimson On May 31, 2003, Crimson from Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b) wrote:

Sold as a shade of blue, it's not blue, it's a soft purple color. Does not grows as well as other Bearded Iris, needs staking against wind when in bloom.

Grew best in full sun, well watered (not sandy) soil. Full sun in North, part shade in South; divide every 3-4 years for best blooms.

Positive DeeSteveH On May 22, 2003, DeeSteveH from Gretna, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

Hi All. I'm in zone 7, have some funky rock filled acidic soil and my verigated irises are positively thriving. Mine flowered a beautiful pale lavender. I'll be uploading a pic so everyone can see. Deanna of DeeSteveH


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Gaylesville, Alabama
Yarnell, Arizona
Palo Alto, California
Sacramento, California
San Rafael, California
Chicago, Illinois
Hinsdale, Illinois
Peoria, Illinois
Washington, Illinois
Greenville, Indiana
Iowa City, Iowa
Wichita, Kansas
Salvisa, Kentucky
Buckfield, Maine
Hagerstown, Maryland
Oxon Hill, Maryland
Dracut, Massachusetts
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Farmington, Michigan
Houghton Lake, Michigan
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Robertsville, Missouri
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Waynesville, North Carolina
Jay, Oklahoma
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Clarksville, Tennessee
Greeneville, Tennessee
Belton, Texas
Salt Lake City, Utah
Burlington, Vermont
Lexington, Virginia
Anacortes, Washington
Vancouver, Washington
Casper, Wyoming

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