Iris pallida ‘Argentea Variegata’

variegated Dalmation iris

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Outstanding Qualities

"Iris pallida 'Argentea Variegata' is noted for its striking foliage and fragrant lavender flowers. In late winter its new foliage starts to emerge with bold, golden stripes over its bright green leaves. By midspring, spikes of flowers set above papery bracts rise from the spiky foliage. They are lavender with yellow beards and have the unmistakable fragrance of grape soda. The foliage of these irises looks attractive well into autumn and can be evergreen in mild winters. Iris pallida is one of the ""orris"" irises whose fragrant roots are used as a fixative for potpourri. "

Quick Facts

Plant Type: perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 2 ft. 6 in. (0.76 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 2 ft. 6 in. (0.76 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 9

Flower Color: lavender

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: drought tolerant when established

Resistant to: deer

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: purple, gold

Great Color Partners: dark green, cream, silver

Culture Notes
This lovely iris is best in full sun and well-drained soil. It will tolerate sandy sites and clay soils if the drainage is adequate. Once established it is fully drought tolerant. It is best to grow in an open airy site with little competition. Cut the foliage back when it looks bad in the fall. It will keep its vigor with regular dividing every three or four years in August or September.