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Iris germanica 'Chasing Rainbows'

Iris, Tall Bearded

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  • Apricot-caramel standards infused with orchid-purple at the midrib
  • Frilled, wide, orchid-violet falls with orange beards
  • Blooms in late spring

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. The Tall Beardeds bloom after the Dwarf Irises but before the Japanese and Siberian Irises. They are wonderful accent plants for late spring gardens.


35 in


12-18 in

Hardiness Zone:

3 - 10

Iris, Tall Bearded Growing and Maintenance Tips

Tall Bearded Irises will produce the most flowers if they receive a full day of sun, but will also perform reasonably well with a half day of sun. The most critical growing factor is the moisture level of the soil and drainage. Bearded Irises will absolutely 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. They will grow in any good garden soil as long as this drainage is provided.

Iris germanica 'Chasing Rainbows' Characteristics


  • Salt Tolerant
  • Cut Flower / or Foliage
  • Specimen
  • Dried Flower
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Mass Plant
  • Border

Critter Resistance

  • Deer Resistant
  • Rabbit Resistant


  • Sun Tolerant
  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium

Nature Attraction

  • Bees

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Late Spring / Early Summer

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Dry
  • Average