Iris germanica 'Lovely Señorita'
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Common Name: Tall Bearded Iris
Hardiness Zone: 3-7S/10W Exposure: Sun
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Blooms In: Jun
Mature Height: 41" Spacing: 18-24"
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Deer Resistance: Yes
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Every bit as gorgeous as they look, the traffic-stopping, non-fading blooms of multiple award-winner Iris germanica 'Lovely Señorita' have made them a staff and customer favorite. Frilly, Seville orange standards are paired with bronzy orange falls for a captivating color show that’s finished with tangerine beards. Plants are vigorous with a high blossom count.

Named after the distinctive fuzzy beards upon their lower petals, or falls, Bearded Iris grow from modified stems called rhizomes, which extend horizontally in the soil and send out roots and shoots from nodes. The American Iris Society has classified them into six groups differentiated mainly by height, from the Miniature Dwarf Bearded Iris (up to 8" tall) to the Tall Bearded Iris (27½" tall or more). The huge array of Bearded Iris cultivars includes flowers of every possible color. Here in Connecticut, they bloom in June, with some varieties occasionally sending forth a second round of blossoms in summer or early fall. Plenty of sun and good drainage are the primary requirements for success. Bearded Iris will repeat their lavish display for many years.

The Iris genus is named for the Greek goddess of the rainbow, and it’s easy to see why. These brilliantly colored, spring-flowering perennials are part of a huge plant family that contains upwards of 300 species. Iris range from timid and inconspicuous wildlings to the splendid and extravagant Tall Bearded Iris, which create striking vertical highlights in the late spring border. The chosen habitats of Iris range from standing water to formal borders, and there is scarcely a color or combination of colors that can't be found. Iris plants are fairly indestructible. They thrive in most parts of the country and are largely critter resistant. Adding to their appeal, they are attractive to hummingbirds and other pollinators. Plant a variety and enjoy a rainbow of colors that will return year after year in your garden.

For more information on growing Iris, click Growing Guide.




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Average Customer Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (5 Reviews) Write a Review

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So unique!

I have a clump of 7 of these irises and they are in full bloom right now. What a unique color they add to the garden! The stems are strong and the blooms are very large. I will be ordering three more!

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Did not bloom the first year when planted in fall in northern VT zone 4b but had plenty of foliage. Stunning flowers the second!!! Beautiful!!! Worth the wait!

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Unbelievably gorgeous!

Planted this vigorous iris in October 2016. In the spring, 2017, it grew vigorously and began blooming in mid-June. The most beautiful blooms I have ever seen. I can't stop staring at them! White Flower delivered a very plump, extra large rhizome with several offsets. Lovely Senorita is planted with White Flower Farm's Fashion Queen iris and the color combo is amazingly stunning! Thank you WFF for such a quality product.

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Virginia Tech colors!!!

I bought these because I love everything Maroon and Orange for Virginia Tech, and this flower matches the colors perfectly! I have posted several pictures on my Facebook page, and have gotten rave reviews, and multiple requests for where I got them. Love these!!!! I wish they bloomed year round!

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Stunning Iris

This iris is so gorgeous - the colors are deep and vibrant. I love orange and red and hard to find something in both of those colors. I planted in the fall and in the spring one came up and flowered with many blooms on it, one came up about a foot and did not flower, but I'm hopeful it will next year. the third one did not come up. they were all planted in the same area at the same time. WFF was nice enough to refund my money on the one that did not come up. I would still recommend this iris because it is so different.

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Growing guide

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Flamboyant blooms on stately, splendid plants grace the garden in June. Bearded Irises are available in a veritable rainbow of colors, from vibrant primaries, to subtle bicolors and gentle pastels. Breeders have introduced a variety of reblooming Irises, which have a tendency to flower again from late summer into fall depending on climate and growing conditions. Please note that Bearded Irises may not bloom the first year after planting.

Light/Watering: Full sun and well-drained soil are important for vigorous growth and flowering. Do not overwater, as too much moisture in the soil can cause the rhizomes (roots) to rot, but do water deeply during summer drought. Consistent watering is especially important for reblooming Irises.

Fertilizer/Soil and pH: Iris will not tolerate soils that are wet in winter. Good drainage is important all year, and a pH near neutral (7.0) is preferred. In climates with very hot summers, plant the rhizome just below the soil surface; in cooler climates, the top of the rhizome should be exposed. Do not mulch around the rhizome as this practice may encourage rot. Fertilize in early spring with an all-purpose fertilizer scratched in around the plants, avoiding direct contact with the rhizome. Reblooming Irises perform best if fertilized again after the first wave of flowering is finished.

Pests/Diseases: The Iris borer, the worst pest of these lovely plants, overwinters as eggs in spent leaves, so don't give the critters a hiding place. The borers emerge in the spring as tiny caterpillars, which spend a couple of weeks boring through the leaves down into the rhizome, where they grow fat and cause great damage, often leading to soft rot that causes even more damage. Vigilance can help—it's actually possible to kill the borers in situ if you catch them early enough. You'll see vertical streaks in the leaves; that's your guide to help you squash the pests. If you see any signs of rot in the rhizome, dig it up and remove the affected parts. Unless the infestation is severe, plants usually recover, or grow lustily enough that you can salvage healthy chunks to keep growing. The rhizomes may also become infected with soft rot. Well-drained soils are important, so add sand if your soil is heavy and plant so that the top of the rhizome is above the soil line. If soft rot does occur, dig out and discard affected rhizomes and cut away any smaller areas of damage.

Companions: Irises are best planted in groups, surrounded – but not crowded – by other perennials. They are lovely blooming with Lilies, Herbaceous Peonies, Roses, and Oriental Poppies. Perennials will conceal spent Iris foliage in summer. Make sure to leave room between plants to provide for good air circulation.

Reflowering: The buds on Tall Bearded Iris are spaced at intervals along the stems, and they flower sequentially. Remove spent blooms consistently. After the blossoms have subsided, cut the flower stems at the base and remove them. Reblooming varieties may produce new flower spikes 4-8 weeks after the first flush of bloom, but reblooming is not guaranteed. It will depend on the Iris variety as well as climate, growing conditions, cultural practices, and geography (rebloom is unlikely in regions of the country with a short growing season).

Dividing/Transplanting: Divide your Iris when the clump becomes crowded and bloom diminishes, usually every 3 to 4 years. (Reblooming varieties may need to be divided more frequently, every 2 to 3 years.) The timing of division is very different from that of most perennials. Bearded Iris go dormant shortly after flowering, which makes summer the ideal time to dig up the rhizomes. Even though reblooming Irises don't go dormant, this is also the correct time to divide those varieties. Break the rhizomes into pieces or cut them with a sharp knife. Select divisions with a healthy fans of leaves, most likely from the outermost part of the plant. Discard the crowded interior pieces and any that show signs of soft rot; dispose of these in the trash, not in the compost. Trim the leaves back to about 6” in height. Some gardeners like to dust the cut surfaces with powdered sulfur while others dunk rhizomes in a solution of 1 part bleach to 10 parts water. We haven't found this step necessary, but it might be advisable if you have had problems with rot. Replant promptly. You will probably find yourself with extra divisions you can share with friends.

End-of-Season Care: After hard frost in the fall, cut foliage back hard, remove any foliage that appears spotted or yellowed and dispose of all debris in the trash. We recommend winter protection in cold climates, especially for the first winter after planting. We suggest covering the rhizomes with an inch or two of sand topped with a light layer of evergreen boughs, applied after the ground freezes and removed when the Forsythias bloom the following spring.

Calendar of Care

Early Spring: Diligently remove and destroy any old foliage to allow for fresh, new growth and prevent Iris borers from emerging as the weather warms. Remove any winter mulch. Feed plants with an all-purpose fertilizer scratched in around the plants, avoiding direct contact with the rhizome.

Mid-Spring: Watch vigilantly for the telltale signs of Iris borers in the foliage -- dark vertical lines that may appear watery show up in the leaves. Squash the bugs where they live; if infestation is severe, remove affected foliage completely and destroy.

Late Spring: Taller forms may need staking. Deadhead as flowers fade, and cut entire flower spikes down at the base when blooming is finished. Fertilize reblooming varieties again after the first wave of flowering is through.

Summer: If plants need dividing, complete this task after flowering finishes and then trim the foliage back to six inches. Water divisions well during dry periods.

Fall: After hard frost in the fall, cut foliage back hard, remove any foliage that appears spotted or yellowed, and dispose of all debris in the trash. Winter protection in cold climates is recommended, especially for the first winter after planting. After the ground freezes, cover the rhizomes with an inch or two of sand topped with a light layer of evergreen boughs; remove when the Forsythias bloom the following spring.

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