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Silverado Iris, Tall Bearded Iris
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Heavily ruffled, white to palest blue-lavender flowers with hints of silver open on the Silverado tall bearded iris in mid-spring. The hybrid 'Silverado' was developed by Schreiner's Iris Gardens in Oregon and released in the late 1980s. It received multiple awards, including the Wister Medal in 1993, the ultimate nod for a tall bearded iris bestowed by the American Iris Society. It also claimed the American Dykes Medal in 1994, the highest accolade awarded by the British Iris Society for American-bred irises.
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.” All six are white and ruffled but faintly kissed with pale blue or hints of lavender. Fuzzy pale yellow 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"-38" / 45.7cm - 96.5cm
18"-25" / 45.7cm - 63.5cm
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
White, Light Blue, Lavender, Ivory
Light Green, Blue Green
Cutflower, Foundation, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall
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