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Iris pallida 'Aurea Variegata' (Sweet iris)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
1m
Max height
1m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Iris pallida 'Aurea Variegata'

Other names

Iris pallida 'Variegata', Sweet iris, Dalmatian iris, Orris root, Zebra iris

Genus

Iris Iris

Variety or Cultivar

'Aurea Variegata' _ 'Aurea Variegata' is a perennial, rhizomatous, bearded Iris that features semi-evergreen, upright, sword-like, grey-green leaves with yellow stripes. It has sweetly fragrant, pale lavender-blue flowers with yellow beards in late spring to early summer.


Iris pallida 'Aurea Variegata' is: Semi evergreen

Fragrance

Has a soft fragrance

Habit

Clump-forming, Erect

Toxicity

Ingestion may cause severe discomfort.

Flower

Blue, Pale-yellow, Lavender in Summer

Foliage

Golden-yellow, Grey-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Slugs , Snails , Thrips Slugs , Snails , Thrips

Grey mould , Iris rhizome rot Grey mould , Iris rhizome rot

General care

Pruning

Cut back after flowering to keep tidy

Propagation methods

Division


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Where to grow

Iris pallida 'Aurea Variegata' (Sweet iris) will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 1m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Beds and borders

Cultivation

Plant in full sun in well-drained, fertile, neutral to slightly acid, loamy soil. Will need staking in windy situations.

Soil type

Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Iris pallida 'Aurea Variegata'

Other names

Iris pallida 'Variegata', Sweet iris, Dalmatian iris, Orris root, Zebra iris

Genus

Iris Iris

Variety or Cultivar

'Aurea Variegata' _ 'Aurea Variegata' is a perennial, rhizomatous, bearded Iris that features semi-evergreen, upright, sword-like, grey-green leaves with yellow stripes. It has sweetly fragrant, pale lavender-blue flowers with yellow beards in late spring to early summer.

Foliage

Semi evergreen

Fragrance

Has a soft fragrance

Habit

Clump-forming, Erect

Toxicity

Ingestion may cause severe discomfort.


Colour

Flower

Blue, Pale-yellow, Lavender in Summer

Foliage

Golden-yellow, Grey-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Slugs , Snails , Thrips

Specific diseases

Grey mould , Iris rhizome rot

General care

Pruning

Cut back after flowering to keep tidy

Propagation methods

Division


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Iris pallida 'Aurea Variegata' (Sweet iris) will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 1m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Beds and borders

Cultivation

Plant in full sun in well-drained, fertile, neutral to slightly acid, loamy soil. Will need staking in windy situations.

Soil type

Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4, Zone 3

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Iris pallida 'Aurea Variegata' (Sweet iris)

Common pest name

Red rice root aphid; Rice root aphid

Scientific pest name

Rhopalosiphum rufiabdominalis

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Potentially significant glasshouse pest; growers should monitor for its presence. Routine aphid control should be effective in mitigating risk.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Iris pallida 'Aurea Variegata' (Sweet iris)

Common pest name

common blossom thrips; cotton bud thrips; tomato thrips

Scientific pest name

Frankliniella schultzei

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Polyphagous glasshouse pest; present in many countries; single finding in UK.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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