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 Needs, Average Water Needs
Soil Quality:Average Soil Quality
Soil Chemistry:Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0), Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)
Attracts Wings:Bee Friendly
Critter Resistant:Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant
Seasonal Interest:Dried Seed Heads
Garden Style:Cottage, Eclectic
Other Features:Border Plant, Cut Flower, Cut Foliage, Dried Flower, Drought Tolerant, Easy To Grow, Mass Planting, Salt Tolerant, Specimen, Focal 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.