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Iris germanica 'Clarence' - Tall Bearded Iris (photo credit: Missouri Botanical Garden)

Perennials

Iris germanica 'Clarence'

Tall Bearded Iris

'Clarence' has standards that are white with a violet tint and falls that are light blue-violet with white centers. 


Bearded Iris make wonderful cut flowers, lasting a week or more. Iris germanica is a hardy, long-lived perennial that require a minimum of maintenance. The flowers have six petals, three upright petals (called standards) and three hanging petals (called falls). A fuzzy line or beard runs down the middle of each fall.


Iris have thick, fleshy, underground stems called rhizomes that store food produced by the sword-shaped, semi-evergreen leaves. The rhizomes grow best when planted at or slightly below the soil surface with feeder roots penetrating the soil below. Each year underground offsets develop from the original rhizome. Buds produce a large fan of leaves and several flower stalks. 

Tall Bearded Iris Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Plant rhizomes near the soil surface. Drought tolerant.

Height:

30-36 in

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Spread:

12-24 in

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Hardiness Zone:

3 - 9

Characteristics & Attributes for Iris germanica 'Clarence'

Exposure
Sun
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Attracts Wildlife
Hummingbirds
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Spring
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Fall
Winter
Spring
Summer
Attributes
Mass Planting
Evergreen
Specimen
Focal Point
Drought Tolerant
Fragrant
Border or Bed
Clay Soil
Great Foliage
Cut Flower