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IRIS 'Dover Beach'

Image of Iris 'Dover Beach'

Family

Iridaceae

Botanical Name

IRIS 'Dover Beach'

Plant Common Name

Dover Beach Iris, Tall Bearded Iris

General Description

The elegant blooms of bearded iris ‘Dover Beach’ feature palest lavender-blue falls topped with ruffled standards of shining white. Fuzzy white beards tipped with lemon-yellow decorate the cool-toned blossoms of this beautiful iris.

The distinctive flowers of bearded iris appear on strong stems emerging from 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.

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

    38"-42" / 96.5cm - 106.7cm

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, 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

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Light Blue, Lavender

  • 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

    Cutflower, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No