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Iris pallida 'Variegata' - Zebra Iris

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Bulb/Tuber/Rhizome etc.
Family: Iridaceae (Irises)
Origin: Italy (Europe)
Yellow/Chartreuse Foliage: Yes
Variegated Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Light Lavender
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Fragrant Flowers: Yes
Synonyms: [Iris pallida 'Aureo-Vaiegata']
Height: 1-3 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: < 0 F
Iris pallida 'Variegata' (Zebra Iris) - This Iris displays yellowish-white variegation on the broad gray-green leaves that reach 18 to 30 inches tall. The pale lavender-blue flowers with yellow beards appear in the late spring and early summer and have a delicious grape soda fragrance. It does best in full coastal sun or light shade with moist soil and is hardy to below 0 degrees F (Reports are that it can grow in USDA Zone 3a - down to about -40F). Iris pallida is one of the so called Dalmation Irises because it is native to the Velebit Mountains of Dalmatia, a province of Croatia and is also found in the southern Alps and the Istrian Peninsula in the Crimea. The specific epithet comes from the pale flower color which is pallid compared to the darker Iris germanica. This selection has been in cultivation since 1901 and has proved itself to be a reliable garden plant. It is sometimes grown under the invalid name of Iris pallida 'Aureo-Vaiegata'. We also grow the white variegated form called Iris pallida 'Argentea Variegata'.  The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens that we have observed it in. We also will incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that might aid others in growing Iris pallida 'Variegata'.