Drama Queen Iris
Iris 'Drama Queen'
Drama Queen Iris flowers
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Height: 3 feet
Spacing: 18 inches
Hardiness Zone: 3a
Group/Class: Tall Bearded
This tall, interesting iris with its plum purple blooms with butter yellow streaks and golden beard, is a captivating addition to the perennial border; also excellent massed in groupings in the garden; will quickly form dense colonies
Drama Queen Iris has masses of beautiful plum purple flag-like flowers with buttery yellow overtones and a gold beard at the ends of the stems in mid spring, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its sword-like leaves remain green in colour throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Drama Queen Iris is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.
This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Drama Queen Iris is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
Drama Queen Iris will grow to be about 30 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 18 inches apart. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.
This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.