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IRIS 'Abiqua Falls'

Image of Iris 'Abiqua Falls'

Family

Iridaceae

Botanical Name

IRIS 'Abiqua Falls'

Plant Common Name

Abiqua Falls Bearded Iris, Bearded Iris

General Description

The large, ruffled, sky blue flowers of ‘Abiqua Falls’ rise above the perennial garden in late spring. The blooms are held atop tall stems, which emerge from fans of medium-green, sword-shaped leaves.

Bearded irises grow from slow-spreading bulbous rhizomes. Their large, dramatic flowers are comprised of six distinct petals. Three of these petals curve upwards, and are called standards, while the other three curve downwards, and are called falls. In addition, these iris have fuzzy pads at the base of the falls, called beards. The fragrant flowers are bee-pollinated and make pretty but short-lived cutflowers.

Bearded irises grow best in full sun to dappled shade and rich, well-drained soil. These tough and easy-to-grow perennials must be planted with the tops of their bulbous rhizomes exposed to the air. If they become too large or crowded, divide them in late summer. Iris are long-lived and will be a part of the garden for years. These dramatic irises deserve prominent placement in the sunny border.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    36"-40" / 91.4cm - 101.6cm

  • Width

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Sky Blue

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Yellow Green, Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Cutflower, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No