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botanical name:
Iris albicans
Iris albicans © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Bearded Iris, Cemetery Iris, White Flag
family:  Iridaceae
characteristics: perennial, scented/aromatic
height: 0.60m
width: 0.60m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: clump
leaf colour: grey-green
flower colour: white
main season: Spring
poison symbol poisonous or irritant
aspect: full sun
conditions: dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: neutral-acid
minimum temp: -18°C
USDA zone: 5 to 8
Rhizomatous perennial with broadly sword-shaped, grey-green leaves. Fragrant white flowers with white beards tipped with greenish-yellow, in late spring.

Moist to dry soil in sun. Drought tolerant.

By seed or division of rhizomes.

other notes:
Native to the Arabian Peninsula.


In cultivation since ancient times. Was often planted on Muslim graves.

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