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IRIS 'Bedford Lilac'
Bedford Lilac Iris, Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris
Diminutive beauty ‘Bedford Lilac’ creates a spring carpet of cool, sky blue blossoms overlaid with deep blue veining. The falls of this early-blooming dwarf bearded iris are accented with fuzzy, blue beards and deep, violet-blue splotches.
The distinctive flowers of bearded iris are borne on strong stems atop fans of medium-green, sword-shaped foliage. Each blossom is comprised of three upright petals called “standards”, and three drooping tepals, (petal-like sepals), referred to as “falls”. Fuzzy pads known as “beards” are located at the base of the falls, and give this popular garden staple its common name. The fragrant blooms are pollinated by bees and make striking, though short-lived, cut flowers.
Bearded irises are tough, adaptable perennials which prefer full sun to light shade and rich, well-drained soil. Plant them with the tops of their slowly spreading, fleshy rhizomes exposed to the air, and divide in late summer if the plants become too large or crowded. These rewarding, long-lived irises deserve a prominent spot in the sunny border.
9 - 1
2 - 9
1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
9"-11" / 22.9cm - 27.9cm
12"-24" / 30.5cm - 61.0cm
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Light Blue, Dark Blue, Blue Violet
Cutflower, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall
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