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Ruffled Velvet Iris

Iris sibirica 'Ruffled Velvet'

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Ruffled Velvet Iris (Iris sibirica 'Ruffled Velvet') at Sargent's Gardens

Ruffled Velvet Iris flowers

Ruffled Velvet Iris flowers

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Plant Height:  24 inches

Flower Height:  3 feet

Spacing:  14 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  2a

Description:

Showy violet-blue iris with white center; blooms emerge from lush, sword-like foliage; hardy and easy to grow; cut back in the fall to reduce pests

Ornamental Features

Ruffled Velvet Iris features showy purple flag-like flowers with royal blue overtones, gold throats and white centers at the ends of the stems in late spring. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its sword-like leaves remain green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Ruffled Velvet Iris is an herbaceous perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Ruffled Velvet Iris is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Ruffled Velvet Iris will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity extending to 3 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 18 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 14 inches apart. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is quite adaptable, prefering to grow in average to wet conditions, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Garden 
Applications
Flowers  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features