Iris laevigata 'Variegata'

Variegated Rabbit-Ear Iris

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Variegated Rabbit-Ear Iris is a marginal deciduous perennial with long, sword-like variegated green foliage with broad cream bands that fans upwards.  Sturdy stalks that grow from the center of the plant are topped by large three-parted blue purple flowers with short upright standards and broad falls that have a narrow center crest and bloom from late spring to early summer, attracting bees.  Grows best in moist rich soils or 3-6 inches of shallow water.  

Type: 

Perennial

Height: 

2' - 2.5'

Spread: 

1' - 1.5'

Spacing: 

1.5’

USDA Hardiness Zone: 

5 - 9

Culture: 

Full SunPart Sun

Bloom Color: 

Purple

Season of Interest:  

SpringSummer

MAINTENANCE NEEDS:  Medium Maintenance.  Water regularly, then occasionally once established.  Can cut back any dying foliage after flowering.  In winter, it is intolerant of wet or boggy soils- the roots may rot- move to dryer ground for fall and winter.

LANDSCAPE USES:  Accents or Group Plantings, BordersWoodland GardensWater GardensPonds and StreamsNaturalized Areas, Foundation Plantings, and Containers.

COMPANION PLANTS:  SedgeTurtlehead, Monkey Flower

IMAGE: Cragrat at the English WikipediaKakitsubata1CC BY-SA 3.0


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