Iris pallida Variegata

Variegated Sweet Iris

  • Blue Iris pallida Variegata, Iris pallida Variegata, Variegated Sweet Iris

A highly prized Iris grown for its fragrant violet-blue flowers and stricking tri-colored foliage. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).

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Zones 4 - 9
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
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Size Plant - 5" deep pot
SKU 61007


24-30" tall x 12" wide (division propagated). Iris pallida 'Variegata' is highly prized for both its fragrant violet-blue flower and its strikingly showy tri-colored foliage. The stiff upright leaves are vertically striped with ribbons of green, white and cream 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.
SKU 61007
Common Name Variegated Sweet Iris
Botanical Name Iris pallida Variegata
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Blue
Mature Height 24-30" tall
Mature Spread 12" wide
Bloom Time Late spring
Ships As Potted Plant
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)
Ideal Region Anywhere In The US
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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High Country GardensIris pallida Variegata

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A winner in Spring garden


from Taos, NM

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  • Attractive
  • Fragrant
  • Hardy


  • Short Bloom Season
  • Slow To Multiply

Best Uses

  • Garden
  • Outdoors
  • Patio

Comments about High Country Gardens Iris pallida Variegata:

I grow Iris Pallida Variegata in a large wine barrel in full sun in Zone 4. Its blooms are intensely fragrant. Its cream/green vertical striped pointy foliage is a plus for adding interest to the garden. My only lament is that it is slow to multiply.

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wrong location


from Amelia Island, Florida

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  • Accurate Instructions


  • Difficult To Use

Best Uses

  • Garden
  • Outdoors

Comments about High Country Gardens Iris pallida Variegata:

I had high hopes for this iris because it's truly beautiful; however, it just disappeared in my garden, as did every other iris I've tried to raise in zone 9. A few came up maybe 1-2 inches, none has become a full plant or produced flowers. It's probably my sandy soil. I had just beautiful irises before I moved to this location. HCG has wonderful plants, so it's not their fault. I gave it a 3 because it would probably be a 5 if it had survived.

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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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