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ENDURING PERENNIALS — Tough, beautiful, and diverse, heirloom iris thrive without care in old gardens and graveyards across America.

TO BLOOM THIS YEAR — Though iris are usually sold bare-root in summer and don’t bloom till the next, we ship freshly dug plants in April that, with good care and a bit of luck, may well bloom their first summer.

HISTORY & TIPS — Grown here since colonial days, iris became one of the “it” flowers of the Arts and Crafts era. They like full sun and well-drained soil. Learn more.

IMMORTAL IRIS        Sampler

Icons of the late-spring/early-summer garden, bearded iris are easy to grow and richly diverse. Give them full sun and average to well-drained soil and they’ll reward you for close to forever. We’ll send you 3 of our favorite heirlooms (a few possibilities are pictured here), all different, labeled, freshly dug from our Ann Arbor micro-farms, and great for zones 3a-8a(10aWC). Iris care.

For more of each variety, order additional samplers.

COS-33 1/$26 2/$50 3/$71 SOLD OUT
ALCAZAR, 1910        It’s Back!
This famous iris is not only magnificently handsome, it’s also “a survivor par excellence,” to quote expert Cameron Hall, growing vigorously in old gardens and forgotten places from coast to coast. Introduced by Vilmorin of France, it was one of the first tetraploids, setting a ground-breaking new standard – taller, larger-flowered, and richly colored – for 20th-century iris. 38-40”, zones 3-8a(10aWC), from our Ann Arbor micro-farms. Chart and care. We may have a few more for sales this season. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.
IR-38 1/$9 3/$24.50 5/$39 SOLD OUT
BLUE SHIMMER, 1941        Rarest & New
Richly “peppered” with tiny lavender-blue spots, this dazzling update on the classic plicata has a look of “utmost originality” (Schreiner’s, 1946). Vita grew it at Sissinghurst and it’s still widely offered in the UK – though not, alas, here in its native land. Nebraska-bred, delightfully fragrant, 30-36”, zones 3a-8a(10bWC), from our Ann Arbor micro-farms. Chart and care.
IR-47 1/$11.50 3/$31.50 SOLD OUT
CORONATION, 1927        It’s Back!
The perfect yellow iris? Could be! It’s not too pale, not too bright, tough enough to thrive in total neglect, and it blooms and blooms – often after all the other iris here in our micro-farms have called it quits for the season. Introduced by Agnes Moore of tiny Benton, Illinois, it has become, in the words of iris expert Mike Unser, “truly an iris classic.” 28-36”, zones 3-8a(10aWC), from our Ann Arbor micro-farms. Chart and care.
IR-37 1/$8 3/$22 SOLD OUT
CRIMSON KING, 1893        It’s Back!
The deep, almost iridescent red-purple of this fragrant iris – which cameras fail to capture – dazzled the world when it was first introduced by the legendary Peter Barr. Its blooms are often the first of iris season, and in zone-6 and warmer gardens it often reblooms in the fall. In fact, it’s become “ubiquitous in coastal California,” writes Clarence Mahan in Classic Irises, “where its reblooming habit has given it a place in the hearts and flower beds of generations of gardeners.” Just 22-26” tall, zones 3a-8a(10aWC), from Ann Arbor. Chart and care. We may have a few more for sales this season. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.
IR-07 1/$10 3/$27.50 SOLD OUT
EDWARD OF WINDSOR, 1945        Rarest & New
$120,000 – that’s how much a painting by English artist Cedric Morris sold for recently, but you can own this incredible iris he created for just a few bucks. It’s famous for being the first British pink, but it’s officially described by the AIS as orange. In truth its mesmerizing color is a bit of both, highlighted by pale purple and gold veining in the falls and vibrant tangerine beards. 34-36”, zones 3a-8a(10bWC), from Ann Arbor. Chart, care, and learn more.
IR-48 1/$11.50 3/$31.50 5/$49.50 SOLD OUT
LORELEY, 1909        
Named for the golden-haired siren of the Rhine, this quirky flower was one of the most popular iris of the early 20th century. Its glowing, primrose-to-amber standards are held in an open, goblet-like form, and they’re often splashed with bits of the richly veined violet of the falls – two “imperfections” that somehow only add to its enduring appeal. By Germany’s Goos and Koenemann, 22-26”, zones 3a-8a(10bWC), from our Ann Arbor micro-farms. Chart, care, and learn more.
IR-39
1/$8
3/$22
5/$34.50
10/$64
25/$144
MRS. HORACE DARWIN, 1888        
The violet reticulations on this elegant, not-so-big iris make it even more beautiful up close – and great for bouquets. Named for the wife of one of Darwin’s sons, it’s an enduring survivor by Sir Michael Foster “whose name shines more luminously than any other in the early history of garden iris” (Mahan, Classic Iris). Fragrant, 24-26”, zones 3a-8a(10aWC), from our Ann Arbor micro-farms. Chart, care, and learn more.
IR-16 1/$7.50 3/$20.50 SOLD OUT
PALLIDA DALMATICA, 1597        
This is the iris of my childhood, and maybe yours – tall, pale lavender, tough as nails, with a Concord grape fragrance that, as Elizabeth Lawrence wrote, “fills the borders and drifts into the house.” In his monumental Herbal of 1597, Gerard called it “the great Floure de-luce of Dalmatia” and praised its tall stalks, “faire large floures,” and “exceedingly sweet” scent. Even its leaves are beautiful! Stately but down-home, it’s a quintessential iris – and somehow makes everything around it look better. (See it farmed in Italy for making perfumes and gin.) 36-38”, zones 3a-8a(10aWC), from Ann Arbor. Chart, care, and learn more. We may have a few more for sales this season. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.
IR-09 1/$10 SOLD OUT
PINNACLE, 1949        New
“Fresh, cool, flawless in its purity, and absolutely unique,” to quote its breeder Jean Stevens, ‘Pinnacle’ was a ground-breaking iris, the first to combine white standards with yellow falls. It soon became immensely popular, too, and experts say it would have won the Dykes Medal – if only New Zealand-bred iris had been eligible for it. 36-40”, zones 3a-8a(10bWC), from our Ann Arbor micro-farms. Chart and care.
IR-51 1/$10 3/$27.50 5/$43 SOLD OUT
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