‘Variegated’ Dalmation Iris Bulbs
Variegated Dalmation Iris Bulbs (Iris pallida ‘Argenta Variegata’) have bright to dark blue fragrant flower. Also, a sweet grape soda fragrance. The foliage is lime green and white. Blooms May to early June. Additionally, ships as a live iris plant tuber or bulb in potting mix.
Every gardener wants this perennial. Despite its divine origins, it’s hardy and reliable. Also attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Makes lovely cut flower arrangements. Easy to grow anywhere in many soil conditions. Also, all zones. Variegated Dalmation Iris bulbs survives down to -20 degrees F. Likes wet soil. And does well in dry soil, too. Unique and rare.
About Variegated Dalmation Iris
Variegated Dalmation Iris is also known as Zebra Iris. And Silver Variegated, or Sweet Iris. One of the most attractive variegated plants. The foliage is the best and most attractive part. Its’ scientific name comes from the Greek goddess ‘Iris. The goddess of the rainbow and messenger of the Olympian gods. And the people. As a matter of fact, according to legend, she traveled over the Rainbow.
The colors of Irises are symbolic colors of the Rainbow. Iris is the French royal standard fleur-de-lis. And the symbol of Florence, Italy.
Oral root, taken from the dried roots of Iris ‘Florentia’, was considered a cure for blood. And lung diseases. Teething babies gnaw on a “finger” of dried root for its natural fluoride.
Growing Variegated Dalmation Iris
Variegated Dalmation Iris are easy to grow. And care for. Avoid high-nitrogen fertilizers at the surface. Or mulching with organic matter. Therefore, encouraging rhizome rot. Keep rhizomes exposed. Unlike bulbs, thriving deep underground, iris rhizomes need sun. As well as air. Consequently, drying them out. Covered with soil or crowded by other plants, they rot. However, Variegated Dalmation Iris may benefit from shallow mulching in the spring. Don’t trim its’ leaves after blooming. They carry on photosynthesis for next year’s growth. Cut off brown tips. And cut the flowering stalk down to ground level. Therefore, discouraging rot.
After 2 to 5 years, when plants become congested, divide. Then replant rhizomes in fresh soil. Best time to replant Variegated Dalmation Iris is soon after bloom. Transplant to places where they’ll have “wet feet, but dry knees.” In addition, before transplanting, cut foliage back to 2–3 inches. Therefore, allowing to properly re-establish in their new location.
Variegated Dalmation Iris is lovely all year long. And keeps its leaves in mild winters! The freshly, sky-blue flowers contrast well with the variegated foliage. The flowers last a long time. Both on the plant. And in a vase as a cut flower. Along with its’ sweet grape soda fragrance. Furthermore, a real eye-catcher as a solitary plant! Good for planters, too.