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Iris Sable

Bearded Iris

Very free flowering

Inky purple flowers are shown off by the spiky light green leaves. A classic old fashioned iris for a cottage garden look, it will flower for years in early summer if left undisturbed.


Happiest in full sun where this plant can sunbathe undisturbed for years. Easy to grow in the middle of a border.


Best in a very well drained soil. Add grit or coarse sand to the base of the planting hole and plant so that the rhizomes - roots - are on the surface of the soil. Remove dead flower spikes and trim the leaves by two thirds in summer to tidy them.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Perennial herbaceous
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - July
Season of interest Summer
Flowering June - August
Evergreen No
Plant height 65 cm - 75 cm
Plant width 40 cm - 50 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Hazardous All parts highly toxic if eaten
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 70 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site City garden, Courtyard garden, Coastal or drought resistant, Flower border and beds, Cottage garden, Informal garden

Typically available

From April to July