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IRIS 'Broadway Star'

Image of Iris 'Broadway Star'

James H. Schutte

Family

Iridaceae

Botanical Name

IRIS 'Broadway Star'

Plant Common Name

Bearded Iris, Breadway Star Iris, Tall Bearded Iris

General Description

The beautiful bicolored flowers of 'Broadway Star' make this tall bearded iris a big hit in the early summer garden. First introduced by Schreiner's in 1957, it has large, six-petaled blooms with three butter-cream petals that curve upwards, called standards, and three red-brown petals that curve downwards, called falls. These are fragrant and have distinctive yellow beards at the base of each fall. Like all bearded iris, ‘Broadway Star’ has sword-shaped, medium green leaves that are equitant, or fan-like, which are born from slow-spreading bulbous rhizomes.

This hybrid iris prefers full to part sun and rich soil with good drainage. Bearded iris make great cut-flowers and will help any old-fashioned garden shine!

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

    28"-36" / 71.1cm - 91.4cm

  • Width

    24"-48" / 61.0cm - 121.9cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer

  • 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

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Red, Light Yellow, Sienna

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • 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

    Bedding Plant, Cutflower, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No