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Iris, Dwarf Bearded

Spring-Flowering Bulb

Also known as Danford Iris, Reticulate Iris
Iris danfordiae
Iridaceae Family

Small but showy, Dwarf Bearded Iris brings sunshine to the garden in the late winter and early spring, when it produces its showy yellow blooms. Plant in masses in sunny areas, rock gardens, or at the front of a border.

Site Characteristics
  • full sun

Soil conditions:

  • requires well-drained soil
Prefers rich, well-drained soil. Prefers hot, dry conditions during dormancy.

Hardiness zones:

  • 5 to 8

Special locations:

  • outdoor containers
  • rock gardens
  • indoors as a houseplant - Use wide, shallow pots with drainage holes and a soil mix with excellent drainage. Place 2 of mix in the pot. Gently place the bulbs on top and cover to their tops with soil. Lightly water.
Plant Traits

Lifecycle: perennial

Ease-of-care: easy

Height: 0.25 to 0.5 feet

Spread: 0.25 to 0.5 feet

Bloom time:

  • early spring
  • winter

Blooms in late winter and early spring.

Flower color: yellow

Foliage color: medium green

Foliage texture: medium

Shape: upright

Shape in flower: flower stalks with upright spikes

Bears a single bloom on an erect stem.

Special Considerations
Special characteristics:
  • non-aggressive
  • non-invasive
  • not native to North America - Native to Turkey
  • fragrant - Blooms are sweetly fragrant.
Special uses:
Growing Information
How to plant:

Propagate by division or separation - Divide the bulbs in midsummer to fall. Plant at a depth twice the diameter of the bulb.

Maintenance and care:
Make sure soil is well-drained during summer dormancy.

More growing information: How to Grow Bulbs

Iris borer
Verbena bud moth
Iris weevil
Slugs and snails

Bacterial leaf blight
Bacterial soft rot
Crown rot
Rhizome rot
Leaf spot
Ink spot fungus
Fusarium basal rot