The Versatile Variegated Iris
Variegated Iris (Iris pallida ‘Variegata’) is a versatile and wonderful iris to grow. I have two beside the birdbath in my garden. These natives of Croatia have creamy yellow and light green leaves with two-toned lavender blooms. They also offer great structure for the garden, growing in flat wide spikes. If you grow this rhizome, you won’t be disappointed.
Easy Growing Conditions
Variegated iris likes full sun and moist, rich soil. It can tolerate some shade but if it gets too much, the leaves will flop over. Those sword-like leaves grow to about 24″ tall, creating a bold statement. The plant is hardy from zones 4 to 9, making it able to be widely grown by many U.S. gardeners. Its flowers are fragrant with a touch of yellow in their beards. In warmer areas, the foliage is evergreen. Pair it with mounding geraniums or dark purple heuchera, or even filipendula ‘Red Umbrellas’ (as I have here). The contrast will be lovely. Variegated iris suffers rarely from pests or disease. I highly recommend that anyone try growing this lovely perennial.