Iris pallida Variegata Silver

Variegated Sweet Iris

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Variegated Seet Iris (Iris pallida Variegata Silver) is a highly prized Iris grown for its fragrant violet-blue flowers and striking tri-colored foliage.Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).

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Zones 4 - 9
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
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


Variegated Seet Iris (Iris pallida Variegata Gold) 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 with low to average fertility. Keep it blooming by dividing in late summer once every third or fourth year. 24-30" tall x 12" wide.
SKU 61007
Common Name Variegated Sweet Iris
Botanical Name Iris pallida Variegata Silver
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 Spring / Summer, 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

Planting Guides

Tips on Growing Fall Planted Flower Bulbs

When you receive your spring blooming bulbs (Mini Iris, Daffodils, etc.) keep them in a dry, dark, cool place until ready to plant. They need air circulation so they will not collect moisture and rot. Planting times can vary from early October in the North to mid-to-late November in the southern regions. A good rule of thumb is to plant them about 6 weeks before the ground is frozen or after the first hard freeze. For more information, read our Planting Mini Iris Bulbs article or view a planting depth illustration, on pages 14-16 of our Planting Guide.

Soil Preparation for Bulbs

A compost enriched, well-drained soil is best. Incorporate a good quality organic compost as needed. Yum Yum Mix® is recommended as an excellent source of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium needed for strong plants and healthy roots. Mix a small amount into the bottom of the hole before planting your bulbs.

Many bulbs prefer full sun exposure. However, Muscaria, Allium, Galanthus, Hyacinthoides, Scilla and many Daffodils will tolerate partial shade and bloom well. Pink daffodils will hold their color longer if planted in dappled shade or morning sun/afternoon shade.

After planting, add a top dressing of compost or other organic material and water in thoroughly. If your winter is dry, water every three to four weeks throughout the winter and add more mulch if necessary.

Protect your Bulbs

Apply a mole or gopher repellent to the surface of the ground to protect bulbs from these burrowing mammals. As bulbs sprout, use our Deer Off Repellent to prevent deer and rabbits from browsing your spring blooms.

After your Bulbs have Bloomed

Once your bulbs have bloomed, allow the bulb foliage to brown and fade naturally since the leaves are feeding the bulb in the ground. Removal of foliage weakens the bulb and leads to fewer blooms the following year. Planting your bulbs amongst your perennials is one way to conceal the dying bulb foliage. The perennials begin to grow and fill out as the bulb foliage dies back. The perennials will then provide foliage and color in the garden from late spring through the summer and into fall. Regular fertilization with balanced organic or natural fertilizer and a re-application of mulch each fall will ensure more and more beautiful spring bulb blooms for many years!

View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.


Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Fall shipping begins the week of September 5 (zones 3-4 first) and ends in early November.

Most plant and bulb orders arrive within 2-6 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouses in Colorado. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges.

Grass Plugs & Seed: Most orders ship within 5-8 business days (all zones).

Gardening Goods:All non-plant items ship within 2-3 days.

Standard shipping costs are $4.99 and up, depending on the size of the order.

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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

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  • 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

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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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