Bearded Iris pallida Variegata Gold

Variegated Sweet Iris


Iris pallida 'Variegata' is a highly prized Bearded Iris grown for its fragrant, violet-blue flowers and striking tri-colored foliage, striped with ribbons of green, white and creamy yellow. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).

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Zones 4 - 9
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Easy to grow
Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Bloom Time Late spring
Shipping Most orders ship within 48 hours or less. Learn More…
Size Bareroot Plant


Iris pallida 'Variegata Gold' is highly prized for both its fragrant violet-blue flowers and its strikingly showy tri-colored foliage. The stiff upright leaves are vertically striped with ribbons of green, white and creamy yellow, adding color and contrast to your flower beds from spring through late fall. This variety is easily grown in any well-drained garden soil of low to average fertility. Keep it blooming by dividing in late summer once every third or fourth year. Midseason bloom. 32"-36" tall x 12" wide (division propagated).
Common Name Variegated Sweet Iris
Botanical Name Iris pallida Variegata Gold
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Blue
Mature Height 32"-36" tall
Mature Spread 12" wide; plant rhizomes 12-24" apart
Bloom Time Late spring
Planting Depth Iris should be planted so the tops of the rhizomes are exposed and the roots are spread out facing downwards in the soil. Make sure not to plant the rhizomes too deep.
Ships As Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber
Planting Time Fall
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Advantages Deer Resistant, Easy to grow, Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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