Siberian Iris

Around 2002 or 2003, I bought a pot of Siberian Iris, sometimes called Japanese Iris. These perennials bloom each May on graceful stems. Unlike their bearded counterparts, they do not multiply via rhizomes, but through seeds produced in late summer and early fall. Their leaves are upright, soft and graceful, again not at all like the bearded Iris which have firm, blade-like leaves. My single purchase has produced countless of babies. We enjoy many clumps of this deep purple-blue color, which is my primary garden color. I am always looking for blues and violet blues! I have shared many of these with my garden friends!

Siberian Iris
Graceful Siberian Iris

I keep finding more to plant! I have tried other plants along this walkway, but the Siberian Iris, though the blooms are short-lived,provide pretty upright foliage all year long.

You can see the foliage better here. Aren’t they graceful looking?  Siberian Irises transplant well. They produce upright, rigid seed heads and self seed readily. The seed heads could be very pretty in arrangements, if painted with a floral paint. The blooms only last a week, but one clump can produce many blooms!

Siberian Iris


2 thoughts on “Siberian Iris

  1. Hello Michele. I appreciate your post regarding the Siberian Iris. Your photos are wonderful as well. At my last address I planted one pot that turned into an area of about 25 sq. ft. I brought a pot with me 3.5 years ago to our new home and they are lovely but have not spread very much. Maybe I am just impatient, but I have been trying to find more to purchase locally (Dover area). Any suggestions would be much appreciated. Take care and happy gardening!

    1. Hi Deb. I havent been on this site for a while and didn’t see a notification that I had a comment so I am very sorry for my tardy reply. I would be glad to share some of mine with you. I have TONS! Do you ever come to the Lewes area, or if you are ever in the Georgetown area, you could come by the Extension office – or I could possibly get some relayed up to the Dover Extension office. Fall would be a good time to plant.

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