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Red Dwarf Bearded Iris

Iris pumila 'Red'

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Red Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris pumila 'Red') at Vandermeer Nursery

Red Dwarf Bearded Iris flowers

Red Dwarf Bearded Iris flowers

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Plant Height:  6 inches

Flower Height:  8 inches

Spacing:  10 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Description:

An impressive dwarf variety producing deep crimson flowers with coppery centers and burgundy beards, over contrasting blue-green foliage; excellent for containers and border fronts

Ornamental Features

Red Dwarf Bearded Iris features showy lightly-scented crimson flag-like flowers with coppery-bronze overtones and a burgundy beard at the ends of the stems in early spring. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive sword-like leaves remain bluish-green in colour throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Red Dwarf Bearded Iris is an herbaceous perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

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. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Red Dwarf Bearded Iris is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Red Dwarf Bearded Iris will grow to be only 6 inches tall at maturity extending to 8 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 12 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 10 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. 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 is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. 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.

Red Dwarf Bearded Iris is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers and foliage against which the larger thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features
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