Common Name: Tall Bearded Iris Iris Earl of Essex

Height:35.0 Inches

Hardiness Zones:3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10

Flower Color:Purple shades

Foliage Color:Green shades


Sunlight:Full Sun (> 6 hrs. Direct Sun)Part Shade (4-6 hrs. Direct Sun)

Water Requirements:Low Water NeedsAverage Water Needs

Soil Quality:Average Soil Quality

Soil Chemistry:Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)


Bloomtime:Late Spring

Attracts Wings:Bee Friendly

Critter Resistant:Deer ResistantRabbit Resistant

Seasonal Interest:Dried Seed Heads


Growth Rate:Medium

Garden Style:CottageEclectic

Other Features:Border PlantCut FlowerCut FoliageDried FlowerDrought TolerantEasy To GrowMass PlantingSalt TolerantSpecimenFocal Point

Origin:Not Native to North America


This rebloomer is an example of a plicata Iris, or an Iris with stitched, stippled, or banded colors that contrast with the base color, usually yellow or white. In this instance, ‘Earl of Essex’ has a white base color, with orchid violet veining and stippling on the edges. Pale orange beards are infused with pale violet. Strong rebloomer to zone 4.

No garden would be complete without Tall Bearded Irises. Though they have been grown for decades, new and improved hybrids continue to be developed every year and fabulous color combinations have been achieved.  They are wonderful accent plants for late spring gardens.