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IRIS 'Stairway to Heaven'
Bearded Iris, Stairway to Heaven Bearded Iris
The ruffled, snowy-white standards of bearded iris ‘Stairway to Heaven’ float above its rippling blue falls like clouds sailing in a sapphire sky. This delightful, vigorous iris blooms atop tall stems in mid- to late spring.
The distinctive flowers of bearded iris appear on strong stems emerging from fans of medium-green, sword-shaped foliage. Each blossom is comprised of three upright petals called “standards”, and three drooping tepals, (petal-like sepals), referred to as “falls”. Fuzzy pads known as “beards” are located at the base of the falls, and give this popular garden staple its common name. The fragrant blooms are pollinated by bees and make striking, though short-lived, cut flowers.
Bearded irises are tough, adaptable perennials which prefer full sun to light shade and rich, well-drained soil. Plant them with the tops of their slowly spreading, fleshy rhizomes exposed to the air, and divide in late summer if the plants become too large or crowded. These rewarding, long-lived irises deserve a prominent spot in the sunny border.
9 - 1
3 - 9
1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
38"-39" / 96.5cm - 99.1cm
12"-24" / 30.5cm - 61.0cm
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Cutflower, Mixed Border
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