Common Name: Zebra Iris ‘Aurea Variegata’, Dalmation Iris, Iris pallida ‘Variegata’
Featuring gray-green leaves variegated with stripes of creamy yellow, ‘Aurea Variegata’ is a graceful plant that will quickly become (or already is) a favourite in your gardens for its form, colour, and fragrance. A delightfully fragrant bloom of pale-lavender flowers begin early summer, and each afternoon the sunlight will backlight the golden-striped foliage for a glorious effect. Iris pallida, commonly known as Dalmatian iris, is a rhizomatous bearded iris that features sword-shaped, grey-green leaves and sweetly fragrant, pale lavender-blue flowers with yellow beards. Flowers appear in late spring to early summer atop sparsely-branched scapes rising to 40” tall. Spathes are white and papery. The species is sometimes cultivated as a source of orris (an essential oil extracted from the rhizomes), which is used as a preservative in perfumes, breath fresheners, and spirits. Also commonly known as sweet iris, orris or orris root.
Size: 3.0” Potted Plant
Flower Description: Green and yellow striped foliage under very fragrant lavender-blue flowers. Early-late summer bloom.
Light Requirement: Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Soil Type: Plants prefer slightly alkaline, well-drained soil.
Hardiness Zones: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10
Attributes: Fragrant, Deer Resistant, Showy Flower, Cut Flower, Showy Foliage, Foliage Interest, Variegated Foliage, Striped Foliage, Attracts Hummingbirds, Drought Tolerant, Large Flower
Care: Easy Care