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IRIS 'Lacy Snowflake'

Image of Iris 'Lacy Snowflake'

James Burghardt

Family

Iridaceae

Botanical Name

IRIS 'Lacy Snowflake'

Plant Common Name

Lacy Snowflake Iris

Special Notice

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General Description

Aptly named, the white flowers of the Lacy Snowflake tall bearded iris have petal edges that look like a build-up of snowflake crystals. This hybrid herbaceous perennial blooms in early to late spring - depending on climate - and goes dormant each winter. 'Lacy Snowflake' was developed by Schreiner's Iris Gardens in Oregon and released in 1977.

The distinctively shaped flowers of bearded iris appear on tall, strong stems emerging from fans of light to medium green, sword-shaped foliage. The stems branch and carry numerous plump flower buds. Each pure white blossom comprises three upright petals called “standards” and three drooping tepals (petal-like sepals) referred to as “falls.” Fuzzy white to pale yellow pads called “beards” are located at the base or shoulder of the falls. These flowers 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.

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, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    22"-38" / 55.9cm - 96.5cm

  • Width

    18"-26" / 45.7cm - 66.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, 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

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Light 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, Foundation, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No