Scientific Name: Iris x germanica
Common Name: German iris, tall bearded iris
Family Name: Iridaceae
Origin: Europe, Garden origin
Hardiness Zone: Zone 3: (-40 to -34 °C)
Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial
Mature Size: 0.7 - 1.3m x 0.3 - 0.6m (height x width)
Habit: Stiffly upright
Form: Vase
Texture: Coarse
Landscape Uses: Perennial border, Summer interest
Exposure: Full sun
Soil or Media:
Leaves: Simple, Alternate, Leathery, Glabrous, Linear, Entire
Flowers: Raceme, White, Blue, Violet, Apr-May-Jun
Fruit: Capsule, Aborted (hybrids) or absent, Green, Brown, Jul-Aug
Key ID Features:
Stiffly upright sword-shaped leaves, 60-90cm long with a sheathing base; flowers are a large single spike with "beard" or fuzz at the interface of the three upright and three dropping petals.