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IRIS 'Queen Dorothy'
Queen Dorothy Iris, Tall Bearded Iris
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Fragrant white flowers with purple-violet edges open on the Queen Dorothy tall bearded iris across the spring months. It also isn't shy about reblooming from late summer to the onset of fall frosts! The hybrid 'Queen Dorothy' was developed by Earl Hall and released in 1984.
The distinctively shaped flowers of 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.” Each is white and wavy edged and lined in a band of purple. Fuzzy yellow pads called “beards” are located at the base or shoulder of the falls, and give this popular garden perennial its common name. The fragrant 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
Early Spring, Spring, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Spring, Summer, Fall
White, Purple, Violet
Light Green, Blue Green
Cutflower, Foundation, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall
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