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PlantFiles: Garden Bearded Iris
Iris suaveolens

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Species: suaveolens (swah-vee-OH-lens) (Info)

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

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Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow
Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)

Bloom Time:
Midseason (M)


Other details:
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:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Awards (if applicable):
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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive foxburr On Oct 13, 2014, foxburr from Dunedin
New Zealand wrote:

We have had i. suaveolens for some years. It grows on a slope with good drainage, in front of other irises. It gets good sun. It flowers well, with good increase. Being in the South Island of New Zealand, winters are mild to cold, with frosts around -3 to -5 C and up to -8C. Summer temperatures peak at about 25 C. The soil has 6.9pH. I feed the plant a little blood and bone and a little slow release general fertiliser (Nitrophoska). I spray all our irises regularly with a trichoderma mix to avoid bacterial disease and rot, and an insecticide, although I have never seen insects or pests on this plant.

Positive Ficurinia On Nov 20, 2008, Ficurinia from Portland, OR wrote:

I am not sure if it is due to the zone I live in, but this iris blooms in the fall where I am. (It's zone 8.) Last year it did so, and I just thought it was a fluke. This year, it did it again. I love blooms in November so this is NOT a complaint. The color is an amazing yellow-green. I only wish it grew faster. Doesn't seem to spread the way others often do. I would love more blooms.


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

Vail, Colorado
Portland, Oregon

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