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IRIS 'Jesse's Song'
Jesse's Song Iris, Tall Bearded Iris
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The purple-violet and white flowers of 'Jesse's Song' look as if painted. This hybrid herbaceous perennial was developed by Bryce Williamson and released in the early 1980s. It received multiple awards, including the American Dykes Medal in 1994, the highest accolade awarded by the British Iris Society for American-bred irises.
The distinctively shaped flowers of tall bearded iris appear on 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.” The standards on 'Jesse's Song' are violet-purple with central blushes of white; the falls are white and edged in violet-purple and ornately speckled or streaked with purple. Fuzzy pale yellow and lavender pads called “beards” are located at the base or shoulder of the falls, and give this popular garden perennial its common name. The 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"-36" / 45.7cm - 91.4cm
18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm
Spring, Late Spring
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
White, Purple, Violet
Light Green, Blue Green
Cutflower, Foundation, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall
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