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PlantFiles: Wild Bearded Iris, White German Iris
Iris germanica 'Alba'

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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4 members have or want this plant for trade.

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:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant

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):
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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive themikesmom On Dec 26, 2012, themikesmom from Concord, NC wrote:

Iris Germanica 'Alba' is the white version of Linnaeus' Wild Germanica from 1753 .''Alba", this white wild germanica 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 lack rigidity and can appear wider. Alba does not exhibit pbf 'purple based foliage' on the leaves like the wild purple germanica, although it can exhibit some small purple spots around its large yellow beard and hafts on the stems or filliments occasionally. "'Alba'' gets about 26 inches tall and blooms from Early season to ML season. Alba, is unusual, in that it is able to produce more than one flower per branch stem, the record of which is three flowers per one stem. ''Alba'' was not ''officially'' described in literature or journals or properly registered as a species iris until 2002 by Nigel Service when it was also detailed by him in ''signa#68 . Alba is currently available for sale at Iris City Gardens in TN. YOU CAN DISTINGUISH THIS 'GERMANICA ALBA' FROM 'ALBICANS' BECAUSE IT HAS YELLOW VEINING ON THE FALLS AND 'ALBICANS CEMETERY IRIS' DOES NOT. STANDARDS ALSO TALLER ON ALBA.


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

Concord, North Carolina

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