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Iris pallida

Iris pallida (Sweet iris, Dalmatian iris)

is a fully hardy perennial herbaceous bulb with purple flowers in early Summer and late Spring, and it takes less than 1 year to flower. It grows well in direct sun, and prefers medium levels of water. The flowers are butterfly shaped.
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It looks best in Spring and Summer.


Iris pallida grows in soils ranging from a pH of 6 (acidic ranges from 5.6 to 6) to 8 (slightly alkaline ranges from 7.6 to 8). It is adapted to clay, clay loam, loam, sandy clay, sandy clay loam and sandy loam soils.


This is a erect bulb and has a clump forming growth form, and has an ultimate height of 0.9m / 3ft and spread of 0.5m / 1.6ft. It can take 2-3 years to reach its ultimate height.


The leaves are green in Spring and Summer. They are llanceolate in shape.


The plant prefers a sheltered situation.


Moderate in whole plant. Severe stomach upset if eaten.


City courtyard garden, coastal/seaside suitable, container plant, cottage informal garden, flower arranging and flower border and bed.


Propagation techniques include bulbs and division.

-39°C / -38.2F 6 to 8 2-3 years 0.9m / 3ft 0.5m / 1.6ft
Scientific classifications [Edit]
Genus ? Iris
Specific epithet ? pallida
Common names
Sweet iris (United States), Dalmatian iris (Ireland)
IPNI details on Iris pallida
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