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

Perennials

Iris germanica 'War Chief'

Tall Bearded Iris

Iris 'War Chief' has beautiful red, non-fading flowers with yellow beards. 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. Drought tolerant.

Height:

30-32 in

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Spread:

12-24 in

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Hardiness Zone:

3 - 9

Characteristics & Attributes for Iris germanica 'War Chief'

Exposure
Sun
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Attracts Wildlife
Hummingbirds
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Spring
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Attributes
Great Foliage
Edging
Mass Planting
Evergreen
Specimen
Focal Point
Border or Bed
Fragrant
Cut Flower
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