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IRIS 'Gibson Girl'
Gibson Girl Iris, Tall Bearded Iris
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Pink, creamy white and deep rose-violet pigments paint the flowers of the Gibson Girl tall bearded iris in spring. This hybrid was developed by J.M Gibson and released in 1946.
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.” Fuzzy golden pads called “beards” are located at the base or shoulder of the falls, and give this popular garden perennial its common name. The standards are heavily veined and stippled in violet and pink on 'Gibson Girl' while the creamy white falls are semi-masked and streaked in rosy purple-violet. These 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 - 9
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"-28" / 45.7cm - 71.1cm
16"-24" / 40.6cm - 61.0cm
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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