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.
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Last offered spring of 2018. We hope to offer this variety again next spring. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.