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Play With Fire Bearded Iris

Iris germanica Play With Fire
SKU: HC017700
per Bare Root Plant
No longer available this season.
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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Botanical Name
Iris germanica Play With Fire
Growing Zones
Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Naturalizes, Cut Flowers, Fragrant
Soil Moisture
Waterwise, Average
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Mature Height
36" tall
Bloom Time
Late spring


(34-38" tall x 12-24" wide) 'Play With Fire' Bearded Iris is one of the latest advances in the development of red Iris, with ruffled red-toned petals that set the garden ablaze with potent color. With 3-4 branches per stem and 9-10 buds per branch, the prolific blooms of 'Play With Fire' create a dramatic impact. Plant as a bold focal point, or mix with other warmly colored blooms to enhance surrounding colors and textures. Blooming in mid-to-late spring, its a beneficial pollinator flower, beloved by bumblebees. Plant in enriched garden soil with good drainage in a sunny location. Plant rhizomes slightly below the soil line in hot zones, and slightly above the soil line in more temperate zones. Keep moist as the plant establishes, thereafter its a drought-tolerant, hardy perennial that will naturalize over the years with ever-increasing blossoms.  
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