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Iris germanica 'Breakers'

Bearded Iris

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Brilliant blue flowers cause quite a stir when in bloom. They make a colorful bouquet and attract butterflies. It is deer and rabbit resistant, as well as, drought tolerant once established in the landscape. An excellent plant that is a pure joy to have in the garden.


36-36 in

Hardiness Zone:

3 - 9

Bearded Iris Growing and Maintenance Tips

Bearded Irises will not tolerate "wet feet" (too much water will cause the rhizomes to rot) and require very well-drained soil at all times of the year. Irises are generally heavy feeders and should be fertilized 3 times per year: first in the spring when new growth appears, second right after blooming, and third in the fall. When planting them for the first time or when transplanting, use a no-nitrogen fertilizer such as 0-10-10 worked into the soil.

Iris germanica 'Breakers' Characteristics


  • Edging
  • Mass Plant
  • Salt Tolerant
  • Border
  • Cut Flower / or Foliage

Critter Resistance

  • Deer Resistant
  • Rabbit Resistant


  • Sun Tolerant
  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium

Nature Attraction

  • Butterflies

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Early Spring
  • Late Spring / Early Summer

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Average