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Cantina Iris, Tall Bearded Iris
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A hard-to-describe blend of colors bedeck the ruffled springtime flowers of the Cantina tall bearded iris. This selection also reblooms again in very early autumn before fall frosts force this perennial into its annual winter dormancy. 'Cantina' was a hybrid created by Monty Byers and released around 1990.
The distinctively shaped flowers of bearded iris appear on tall, strong stems emerging from fans of light blue-green, sword-shaped foliage. The stems branch and carry numerous plump flower buds. Each blossom comprises three upright petals called “standards”, and three drooping tepals, (petal-like sepals), referred to as “falls.” On 'Cantina', the standards are powdery red-mauve (or strangely copper-plum) and the falls are blue-violet and edged in red-mauve. Fuzzy violet-gold pads called “beards” are located at the base or shoulder of the falls, and give this popular garden perennial its common name. These fragrant blooms are pollinated by bees and make striking cut flowers, with each blossom lasting one to three days before shriveling up.
Bearded irises are tough, adaptable perennials which prosper in full sun to light shade and fertile, well-drained soils. Plant them with the tops of their slowly spreading, fleshy rhizomes exposed to the air. In hot summer climates, dappled shade in the afternoon is recommended. After three to five years, lift and divide the rhizomes and replant in late summer if the plants become too large or crowded. These rewarding, long-lived irises deserve a prominent spot in the mixed flower border or foundation bed.
9 - 1
3 - 8
1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
18"-35" / 45.7cm - 88.9cm
20"-26" / 50.8cm - 66.0cm
Spring, Early Fall
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
White, Yellow, Blue, Purple, Orange, Pink, Rose, Coral, Peach, Burgundy, Lavender, Plum, Orange Red, Dark Salmon, Bronze, Chocolate, Black
Light Green, Blue Green
Cutflower, Foundation, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall
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