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IRIS sibirica 'Baby Sister'

Image of Iris sibirica 'Baby Sister'

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Family

Iridaceae

Botanical Name

IRIS sibirica 'Baby Sister'

Plant Common Name

Baby Sister Siberian Iris, Siberian Iris

General Description

This unique, dwarf Siberian iris forms a low carpet of violet-blue blossoms featuring exotic, darker veining on the falls. The late spring blooms of ‘Baby Sister’ are especially suitable for edging and in rock gardens.

The parent species of Siberian iris is native from Central Europe through to Russia where it grows in a wide range of conditions from wet water's edge to well drained rocky hillsides. This versatility makes these tough, cold-tolerant perennials adaptable to a wide range of conditions. The linear, almost grass-like, green foliage of Siberian iris remains fresh and attractive throughout the growing season.

Siberian iris prefer sunny locations and fertile soil with average drainage. The dense, slowly spreading clumps of foliage should be divided every three years or so. Enjoy this vigorous perennial in any sunny flower bed individually or in groups.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    3"-6" / 7.6cm - 15.2cm

  • Width

    3"-6" / 7.6cm - 15.2cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    Eastern Europe, Russia/Siberia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Wet Site, Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Purple, Blue Violet

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Dark 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

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Cutflower, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No