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Wild Bearded Iris, White German Iris 'Alba'

Iris germanica

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Species: germanica (jer-MAN-ih-kuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Alba
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Tall Bearded (TB)



24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

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


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Early (E)

Early midseason (EM)

Midseason (M)

Late Midseason (MLa)



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

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

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Awards (if applicable):

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Concord, North Carolina

Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 26, 2012, themikesmom wrote:

Iris Germanica 'Alba' is the white version of Linnaeus' Wild Germanica from 1753 .''Alba", this white wild germanica http://wiki.irises.org/bin/view/Spec/SpecGermanicaAlba is often confused with, and IS NOT, any of the following cultivars : ''I. albicans White Cemetery Iris'', ''Florentina ''Orris Root'', 'Alba stetosa' or ''Alba tectorum 'White Roof Iris'', none of which are this white form of wild germanica.
Iris germanica 'Alba' originates in a small region in southern France in an area around the Rhone, mainly to the west of the river. Like Linnaeus' purple wild germanica from Italy, it exhibits standards that are narrower than the falls, although standards are obovate and... read more