• Irises make lovely cut flowers.
  • Attract butterflies and hummingbirds.
  • Most irises flower in early summer.
  • Plant them in a sunny spot in late summer.

Iris flowers are radiant specimens that come in so many vibrant colors. The Iris was named after the Greek Goddess “Iris”, who was considered the Messenger of Love. The iris is a hardy herbaceous perennial. The Iris family includes over 200 varieties in a wide spectrum of colors, including purple and blue iris. The distinctive flowers have three large outer petals called “falls” and three inner upright petals called “standards.” The falls may have beards or crests. Bearded iris are so-called because they have soft hairs along the center of the falls. In crested iris, the hairs form a comb or ridge.

The Bearded Iris and the Siberian Iris are two of the most common types of iris that are grown in the United States. There are two major groups of iris, rhizome iris and bulbous irises. The rhizome iris grows from rhizomes in the ground producing the sword like leaves. Bulbous iris grows from bulbs which require a dormant period each year to produce flowers and leaves. Bulbous iris are usually smaller the rhizome irises.


Dietes iridioides

African Iris – A magnificent Iris variety, with 3-inch blooms shooting up amid the lance leaf-like foliage from spring through fall. The gorgeous blossoms are pristine white, accented with shades of yellow and lavender.  The dark green leaves of your African Iris are evergreen. Africa Iris plants will grow 2 to 3 feet tall with a 3 to 4 foot spread.



Dietes bi-color

Butterfly Iris – Attractive, light yellow iris-like flowers with vivid maroon blotches loom on stiff stalks over neat clumps. Useful in rock gardens, near swimming pools. Fire resistant. Reliable evergreen perennial.