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Our waterwise plants (drought resistant, xeric plants) are selected for their colorful flowers, interesting foliage, durable low-care garden performance, and habitat friendly nature. Note: All perennials will need supplemental irrigation to get established. Learn more: Water Saving Gardening Tips.

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  1. Red Valerian, Jupiter's Beard

    Red Jupiter's Beard is an everblooming Old World wildflower with clusters of tiny dark red flowers held over deep green foliage. A tough, durable plant, it thrives with minimal water...

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    Red Valerian (Centranthus) Red Valerian, Jupiter's Beard Centranthus ruber Coccineus
    As low as $11.99 Sale $9.59
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Red Jupiter's Beard is an everblooming Old World wildflower with clusters of tiny dark red flowers held over deep green foliage. A tough, durable plant, it thrives with minimal water and care once established. Great Butterfly plant.
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  2. Silver Artemisia Powis Castle, Artemisia Powis Castle, Silver Sage close up by customer Mike D.

    Powis Castle is a superb foliage plant with finely textured silver-gray foliage and an attractive mounding habit. Use this plant to accentuate ornamental grasses and other perennials...

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    Powis Castle Artemisia Powis Castle Silver Sage Artemisia Powis Castle
    As low as $9.99 Sale $7.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Powis Castle is a superb foliage plant with finely textured silver-gray foliage and an attractive mounding habit. Use this plant to accentuate ornamental grasses and other perennials with differently colored foliage. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  3. Red Achillea millefolium Red Velvet, Red Velvet Yarrow

    Red Velvet is one of the best with it deep rose-red, flat-topped flower heads that hold their color. Deep green, fine textured foliage, this yarrow is sure to attract butterflies whe...

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    Red Velvet Yarrow Red Velvet Yarrow Achillea millefolium Red Velvet
    $10.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Red Velvet is one of the best with it deep rose-red, flat-topped flower heads that hold their color. Deep green, fine textured foliage, this yarrow is sure to attract butterflies wherever it's planted. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  4. Purple Liatris, Liatris aspera, Gayfeather

    Liatris aspera (Rough Blazing Star, Button Blazing Star, Gayfeather) is a large growing, showy drought tolerant species from the Mid-West. The large pink flowers are highly attractiv...

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    Rough Blazing Star (Liatris) Rough Blazing Star Liatris aspera
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    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Liatris aspera (Rough Blazing Star, Button Blazing Star, Gayfeather) is a large growing, showy drought tolerant species from the Mid-West. The large pink flowers are highly attractive to bees and butterflies. Drought resistant/drought tolerant perennial plant (xeric).
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  5. Achillea filipendulina Coronation Gold Yarrow Close Up

    36" tall x 24" wide. Coronation Gold is a vigorous tall growing yarrow with large flat deep golden-yellow flower heads. This non-reseeding variety blooms all summer and thrives with...

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    Coronation Gold Yarrow Coronation Gold Yarrow Achillea filipendulina Coronation Gold
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    36" tall x 24" wide. Coronation Gold is a vigorous tall growing yarrow with large flat deep golden-yellow flower heads. This non-reseeding variety blooms all summer and thrives with heat and sun in any soil including clay. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  6. Pink Monarda fistulosa, Monarda fistulosa, Wild Bergamot (Bee Balm), Wichita Mountains Form

    Exclusive. The Wichita Mountains form of Monarda fistulosa is a wildflower gem blooming in mid-summer with a fabulous display of lavender-pink flowers that attract hummingbirds. Mode...

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    Wild Bergamot (Wichita Mountains Form) Wild Bergamot, Bee Balm Monarda fistulosa (Wichita Mountains Form)
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Exclusive. The Wichita Mountains form of Monarda fistulosa is a wildflower gem blooming in mid-summer with a fabulous display of lavender-pink flowers that attract hummingbirds. Moderately xeric once established. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  7. Cardinal Penstemon Close Up of Red Tubular Blooms

    Cardinal Penstemon (Penstemon cardinalis) is a rare, cold hardy wildflower from the southern mountains of New Mexico. Tall, impressive spikes of dark red flowers bloom in mid-summer,...

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    Cardinal Penstemon Cardinal Beardtongue Penstemon cardinalis
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Cardinal Penstemon (Penstemon cardinalis) is a rare, cold hardy wildflower from the southern mountains of New Mexico. Tall, impressive spikes of dark red flowers bloom in mid-summer, making this favorite source of natural nectar for hummingbirds. A must-have for your pollinator garden. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  8. Hymenoxys hoopesii, Owl's Claws, Orange Sneezeweed, close up of  huge golden-yellow flowers

    Owl's Claw (Hymenoxys hoopesii) is a fabulous native mountain wildflower with huge golden-yellow flowers in summer. With its long, downward curving golden-yellow flower petals and ce...

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    Owl's Claws (Hymenoxys) Owl's Claws, Orange Sneezeweed Hymenoxys hoopesii
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    Owl's Claw (Hymenoxys hoopesii) is a fabulous native mountain wildflower with huge golden-yellow flowers in summer. With its long, downward curving golden-yellow flower petals and center cone, the graceful flowers are eye-catching. Highly attractive to many types of butterflies and bees, this durable perennial likes average to wet soil moisture and cool growing conditions, not for hot climates.
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  9. Golden Candles, Thermopsis lupinoides

    A super cold hardy Old World native, Golden Candles (Thermopsis lupinoides) blooms with stunning bright yellow lupine-like flower spikes in mid-spring. It pairs beautifully with mid-...

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    Golden Candles (Thermopsis) Golden Candles Thermopsis lupinoides
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    A super cold hardy Old World native, Golden Candles (Thermopsis lupinoides) blooms with stunning bright yellow lupine-like flower spikes in mid-spring. It pairs beautifully with mid-spring daffodils and tulips, and after flowers fade, attractive foliage mounds will enhance your garden through summer. Easily grown and long-lived, Golden Candles delivers welcome early-season color after a long, cold winter. A 2020 Plant Select® Winner.
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  10. Lavandula angustifolia Royal Velvet

    ‘Royal Velvet’ English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia Royal Velvet) is very showy in bloom. It is covered with long stemmed, dark navy blue and lavender flower spikes. The 3 to...

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    Royal Velvet English Lavender Royal Velvet English Lavender Lavandula angustifolia Royal Velvet
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    ‘Royal Velvet’ English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia Royal Velvet) is very showy in bloom. It is covered with long stemmed, dark navy blue and lavender flower spikes. The 3 to 4-inch long flower spikes, which are much longer than ‘Hidcote’, hold their dark color superbly as a dried flower.
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  11. Desert Solstice Hummingbird Mint (Hyssop), Agastache Desert Solstice

    The flower spikes of Agastache Desert Solstice (Desert Solstice Hummingbird Mint) are remarkable for their fullness, large size, and exotic colorization. The plant is like a semi-dwa...

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    Desert Solstice Agastache Desert Solstice Hummingbird Mint (Hyssop) Agastache Desert Solstice
    As low as $11.99 Sale $10.79
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    The flower spikes of Agastache Desert Solstice (Desert Solstice Hummingbird Mint) are remarkable for their fullness, large size, and exotic colorization. The plant is like a semi-dwarf form of our best selling 'Desert Sunrise' but with more flowers. A High Country Gardens introduction.
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  12. Blaze Little Bluestem Grass, Schizachyrium scoparium Blaze

    Blaze Little Bluestem grass is grown for its exceptional fall color. A tall upright warm-season ornamental grass, Schizachyrium scoparium 'Blaze' mixes in nicely with flowering peren...

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    Blaze Little Bluestem Grass Blaze Little Bluestem Grass Schizachyrium scoparium Blaze
    As low as $11.99 Sale $10.79
    Per Plant - 3.25" Pot
    Blaze Little Bluestem grass is grown for its exceptional fall color. A tall upright warm-season ornamental grass, Schizachyrium scoparium 'Blaze' mixes in nicely with flowering perennials and its grass blades turn deep red in the fall maturing to a pink winter color. Drought resistant perennial plant (xeric).
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  13. Texas Hummingbird Mint (Hyssop), Agastache cana

    Texas Hummingbird mint is a very rare wildflower with aromatic, raspberry- pink flowers that cover the plant for several months in late summer. Highly attractive to hummingbirds....

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    Agastache cana Texas Hummingbird Mint (Hyssop) Agastache cana
    As low as $10.99 Sale $9.89
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Texas Hummingbird mint is a very rare wildflower with aromatic, raspberry- pink flowers that cover the plant for several months in late summer. Highly attractive to hummingbirds.
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  14. Mongolian Snowflakes, Clematis hexapetala, close up of white flower

    A shrub clematis, Mongolian Snowflakes (Clematis hexapetala) blossoms into a cloud of 2-inch ivory colored flowers beginning in late spring. After months of flowering, showy, shiny, ...

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    Mongolian Snowflakes (Clematis) Mongolian Snowflakes Clematis hexapetala
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    A shrub clematis, Mongolian Snowflakes (Clematis hexapetala) blossoms into a cloud of 2-inch ivory colored flowers beginning in late spring. After months of flowering, showy, shiny, feathery seed clusters continue the show, revealing dark green mounding foliage. Remarkably easy to grow and drought tolerant, it is a must-have perennial.
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  15. Snow Fountain Gaura,  Gaura lindheimeri 'Walsnofou' PPAF,

    A profuse bloomer, Walberton’s® Snow Fountain Gaura (Gaura lindheimeri) flowers from late spring through fall with large white blooms. Also known as Wand Flower or Beeblossom Gras...

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    Snow Fountain Gaura Walberton's® Snow Fountain Beeblossom Grass Gaura lindheimeri Walsnofou (Snow Fountain)
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    A profuse bloomer, Walberton’s® Snow Fountain Gaura (Gaura lindheimeri) flowers from late spring through fall with large white blooms. Also known as Wand Flower or Beeblossom Grass, this native perennial beauty has a tight, upright growth habit. A beautiful addition to deer resistant, full sun gardens.
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  16. Muhlenbergia reverchonii Photo Courtesy of Plant Select

    Undaunted® Ruby Muhly Grass (Plant Select) has an impressive late summer display of see-through amber-pink flower spikes. This is the one Muhly grass with showy pink flowering pl...

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    Undaunted® Ruby Muhly Grass Undaunted® Ruby Muhly Grass Muhlenbergia reverchonii PUND01S
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Undaunted® Ruby Muhly Grass (Plant Select) has an impressive late summer display of see-through amber-pink flower spikes. This is the one Muhly grass with showy pink flowering plumes that can be grown in USDA zones 5 and 6. A High Country Gardens introduction. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  17. Yellow Phlomis russeliana, Lampwick Plant, Jerusalem Sage Close Up

    Phlomis russeliana, a Mediterranean species native to the mountains of Syria, is admired for both its unusual whorls of soft yellow flowers and its large olive-green leaves. Commonly...

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    Hardy Jerusalem Sage (Phlomis) Hardy Jerusalem Sage Phlomis russeliana
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Phlomis russeliana, a Mediterranean species native to the mountains of Syria, is admired for both its unusual whorls of soft yellow flowers and its large olive-green leaves. Commonly known as Hardy Jerusalem Sage. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  18. Salvia hybrid WWG001 FlowerKisser™ Dark Shadows

    FlowerKisser™ Dark Shadows Salvia (Sage) is a stunning hybrid Texas bush sage with dark purple flowers and sweetly aromatic foliage; a favorite nectar source for hummingbirds a...

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    FlowerKisser™ Dark Shadows Salvia FlowerKisser™ Dark Shadows Sage Salvia x 'WWG01'
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    FlowerKisser™ Dark Shadows Salvia (Sage) is a stunning hybrid Texas bush sage with dark purple flowers and sweetly aromatic foliage; a favorite nectar source for hummingbirds and bumblebees.
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  19. Colorful Centranthus Collection

    Our Rosy Trio Valerian Collection (Centranthus) features a trio of tough, waterwise perennials with beautiful red, white, and pink flowers. Centranthus, also called Jupiter’s Beard...

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    Rosy Trio Valerian Collection (Centranthus) Rosy Trio Valerian Collection (Centranthus)
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    Our Rosy Trio Valerian Collection (Centranthus) features a trio of tough, waterwise perennials with beautiful red, white, and pink flowers. Centranthus, also called Jupiter’s Beard or Valerian, has clusters of flowers over deep green foliage. Durable, low maintenance blooms last for the whole summer, attracting butterflies while resisting deer and rabbits. Centranthus is easy to grow and will naturalize and spread, making them perfect for cottage gardens, meadows, or hard-to-reach hillsides that you’d like to fill with rosy colors and pollinators. Prohibited in CA, WA, or OR, where it is known to behave aggressively. Collection of 9 plants.
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  20. FlowerKisser™ Royal Rose Salvia with rose pink flowers, FlowerKisser™ Royal Rose Sage

    A new native hybrid sage, FlowerKisser™ ‘Royal Rose’ is enjoyed for its sumptuous deep rose pink flowers. This Salvia is an exceptionally long bloomer, attracting pollinating h...

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    FlowerKisser™ Royal Rose Salvia FlowerKisser™ Royal Rose Sage Salvia x 'WWG04'
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    A new native hybrid sage, FlowerKisser™ ‘Royal Rose’ is enjoyed for its sumptuous deep rose pink flowers. This Salvia is an exceptionally long bloomer, attracting pollinating hummingbirds and bumblebees from late spring through early fall. The foliage is delightfully aromatic, releasing a pleasing sweet herbal scent when brushed or touched. Discovered by HCG Chief Horticulturist David Salman, and available exclusively from High Country Gardens.
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  21. Blue Eryngium planum Blue Glitter, Eryngium planum Blue Glitter, Blue Glitter Sea Holly

    Eryngium planum ‘Blue Glitter’ (Blue Glitter Sea Holly) is an outstanding perennial that thrives in hot dry planting situations and blooms in summer with tall stems of spiny, g...

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    Blue Glitter Sea Holly (Eryngium) Blue Glitter Sea Holly Eryngium planum Blue Glitter
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    Eryngium planum ‘Blue Glitter’ (Blue Glitter Sea Holly) is an outstanding perennial that thrives in hot dry planting situations and blooms in summer with tall stems of spiny, glistening blue flowers. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  22. Florentine Silk Bearded Iris

    Florentine Silk Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) arrives in late-spring with exquisite peach-pink standards over soft lavender-purple falls edged in dusky plum. The deep orange beards a...

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    Florentine Silk Bearded Iris Florentine Silk Bearded Iris Iris germanica Florentine Silk
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    Florentine Silk Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) arrives in late-spring with exquisite peach-pink standards over soft lavender-purple falls edged in dusky plum. The deep orange beards and throat are the perfect complement to this award-winning flower. An outstanding cultivar, with huge 6-8 inch flowers, it’s a perfect choice for the perennial bed. A deer resistant pollinator favorite.
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  23. Swingtown Bearded Iris

    Swingtown Fragrant Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) hits a home run with exquisitely ruffled, rich royal purple petals. A stunning selection, this sweetly fragrant Iris is a prolific bl...

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    Swingtown Bearded Iris Swingtown Fragrant Bearded Iris Iris germanica Swingtown
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    Swingtown Fragrant Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) hits a home run with exquisitely ruffled, rich royal purple petals. A stunning selection, this sweetly fragrant Iris is a prolific bloomer that will fill your late-spring garden and cut flower bouquets with saturated color. This pollinator favorite is drought tolerant and deer resistant.
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  24. Blueberry Bliss Bearded Iris

    Blueberry Bliss Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) has the deep blue color of a freshly picked berry. With plentiful, large, and generously ruffled flowers, Blueberry Bliss adds a classic...

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    Blueberry Bliss Bearded Iris Blueberry Bliss Bearded Iris Iris germanica Blueberry Bliss
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    Blueberry Bliss Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) has the deep blue color of a freshly picked berry. With plentiful, large, and generously ruffled flowers, Blueberry Bliss adds a classic blue accent, perfect for garden designs and cut flowers. Stunning sapphire tones complement the lighter shades of the mid-spring garden. A pollinator favorite, deer and rabbits stay away.
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  25. Funday Monday Bearded Iris

    Funday Monday Fragrant Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) is a knockout with finely detailed colors and movement in the garden. Ruffled falls of raspberry with an orchid-like center surro...

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    Funday Monday Bearded Iris Funday Monday Bearded Iris Iris germanica Funday Monday
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    Funday Monday Fragrant Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) is a knockout with finely detailed colors and movement in the garden. Ruffled falls of raspberry with an orchid-like center surround vibrant yellow beards, topped by creamy buff standards. A prolific bloomer, this sassy fragrant perennial can’t help but make you smile. A great deer-resistant addition to the late-spring garden.
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  26. Before The Storm Bearded Iris

    Before The Storm Fragrant Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) arrives in mid-spring with great drama and flair. Its sophisticated ruffled black petals earn its status as a multiple awardin...

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    Before The Storm Bearded Iris Before The Storm Bearded Iris Iris germanica Before The Storm
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    Before The Storm Fragrant Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) arrives in mid-spring with great drama and flair. Its sophisticated ruffled black petals earn its status as a multiple awarding-winning, highly prized Iris. Prolific, sweetly fragrant blooms will draw pollinators and have neighbors lined up for viewing. Add contrast to monochromatic plantings, or a bold accent to colorful garden beds. Grow extra for elegant cut flowers.
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  27. Play With Fire Bearded Iris

    Play With Fire Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) glows like embers in the late-spring garden. An undulating palette of scarlet red and burgundy ruffles are highlighted by cheery orange b...

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    Play With Fire Bearded Iris Play With Fire Bearded Iris Iris germanica Play With Fire
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    Play With Fire Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) glows like embers in the late-spring garden. An undulating palette of scarlet red and burgundy ruffles are highlighted by cheery orange beards and delicate white throats. This amazing flower sparkles with warm color, drawing pollinators to the garden and adding lovely color to cut flower arrangements. An easy-to-grow, deer and rabbit resistant superstar.
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  28. Haunted Heart Bearded Iris

    Haunted Heart Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) will steal your heart with broad silver-white petals washed with delicate lavender veins. Richly fragrant and heavily ruffled, this award-...

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    Haunted Heart Bearded Iris Haunted Heart Bearded Iris Iris germanica Haunted Heart
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    Haunted Heart Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) will steal your heart with broad silver-white petals washed with delicate lavender veins. Richly fragrant and heavily ruffled, this award-winning Iris merits a special place in your garden. The subtle colors will complement any garden design, and make beautiful cut flower bouquets. Easy-to-grow, it’s drought tolerant and deer resistant too.
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  29. Reblooming Bearded Iris Collection

    Our Reblooming Bearded Iris Collection blooms mid spring to early summer, then returns for a finale of color in early fall. An array of ruffled petals in crisp white and saturated go...

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    Reblooming Bearded Iris Collection Re-Blooming Bearded Iris Collection
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    Our Reblooming Bearded Iris Collection blooms mid spring to early summer, then returns for a finale of color in early fall. An array of ruffled petals in crisp white and saturated gold, violet, blue, and red hues give you creative freedom in your garden design. Bumblebees love the long-lasting blooms. Plant for an easy-care waterwise flower bed, or extend the bloom season in any garden. Collection of 5 plants. (Iris germanica)
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