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Planted at Mount Vernon


  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005


    Irises add interesting texture to the spring garden with strappy leaves and unique flowers, nicely accenting the later blooming flower bulbs. They grow to form large clumps which are easily divided and spread around the garden.

    Latin Name

    Iris germanica


    Family

    Iridaceae


    Type of Plant

    Perennials

    Bloom Season

    May

    Seasons

    Spring

    Specifications

    Max Height: 3'
    Max Spread: 2'

    Uses

  • Flower Border

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun

    Tolerances

  • Drought
  • Deer

  • Toxicity

    Do not ingest
    Skin irritant

    Colors


    Native Range

    Eastern Mediterranean


    History

    William Faris had German irises in his garden in Annapolis, Maryland, in 1790.


    Bartlett Tree Expert Company has been working with Mount Vernon Estate since 2011 providing expert arboricultural care and GPS mapping for the estate’s historic trees, as well as support from their research facility.   Mount Vernon is proud to partner with Bartlett Tree Experts and appreciates their sponsorship of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Plant Finder App.

    Bring Washington's Garden Home

    Purchase our historic seeds, collected from plants grown at Mount Vernon and plant them in your own garden.

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