Iris germanica 'Summer Olympics' - Tall bearded iris (photo credit: Darwin Plants by Kebol)


Iris germanica 'Summer Olympics'

Tall Bearded Iris

Iris germanica 'Summer Olympics' features pale yellow standards and white falls with a yellow edge. Nicely ruffled and re-bloomer in the fall. 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:

Prefers slightly alkaline soil. Plant rhizomes near the soil surface. Planting too deep may cause rhizomes to rot. Very drought tolerant. 


30-32 in



18-24 in


Hardiness Zone:

3 - 9

Characteristics & Attributes for Iris germanica 'Summer Olympics'

Soil Moisture Preference
Attracts Wildlife
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Focal Point
Great Foliage
Border or Bed
Mass Planting
Cut Flower
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