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Matrix Iris, Tall Bearded Iris
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Butter-colored flowers with faint cinnamon markings are produced by the Matrix bearded iris in early to mid-spring. This selection also reblooms again in very late summer before fall frosts force this perennial into its annual winter dormancy. 'Matrix' is a hybrid developed by Earl Hall and released in the early 1990s.
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 near-white 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 creamy light yellow on 'Matrix' and the falls are white and edged in yellow. Cinnamon-colored veins are seen throughout the flower. 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"-36" / 45.7cm - 91.4cm
20"-26" / 50.8cm - 66.0cm
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Light Green, Blue Green
Cutflower, Foundation, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall
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