German Bearded Iris / Iris germanica

Iris germanica ‘Needlepoint’ (Schreiner 1983) – A truly beautiful German Bearded Iris  with cream-coloured falls with reddish-brown margins and veining, and coppery-red standards that fade towards the center. Container grown Iris can be planted in spring, while divided rhizomes should go in no later than early September in order to root properly. Grows 34″ high. Zone 3.

Iris germanica ‘Immortality’ (Zurbrigg 1982) – A great addition to any Alba garden, this fragrant cultivar features pure white standards and falls (with a light lemon beard) with a bit of a translucent or pearly quality to the petals. It makes a good cut flower and re-blooms in late summer. Topdress around the rhizomes with compost in spring. Grows 30″ high. Zone 3.

Iris germanica ‘Peking Summer’ (Schreiner 1984) – A truly spectacular German Bearded Iris with amber standards and rich maroon falls and a pale yellow beard. It averages 3 flowers stalks with eight buds. Divide every 3-5 years to maintain vigor. This can be done 4 to 6 weeks after flowering, with the old rhizomes being discarded. Grows 36″ high by 18-24″ wide. Hardy to zone 3.

Iris germanica ‘Thriller’ (Schreiner 1988) – A good choice for the Gothic garden, as the falls and standards are a glossy royal purple with a darker beard. The sweetly fragrant flowers are borne from May to June. When planting in heavy or clay soils, it is important  that the top of the rhizome is still exposed  and not buried. Prefers well-drained soil. Grows 36″ high and 24″ wide. Zone 3.

Iris germanica ‘Robusto’ (Black 1983) – A unique German Bearded Iris with pure orange standards and falls, accented with veining and a prominent reddish-orange beard. These plants prefer part to full sun, but some of the paler cultivars hold their colour better in partial sun. Avoid mulching with manures, as this can cause disease problems. Grows 36″ high. Zone 3.

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