Sunday, February 9, 2020

Plants in Early American Gardens - Variegated Sweet Iris

Variegated Sweet Iris (Iris pallida 'Variegata')

The Variegated Sweet or Zebra Iris belongs to an ancient group that was the ancestor to our modern Tall Bearded Iris. Although it is not certain when the variegated form arose, the species types date to the seventeenth century and were cultivated by the earliest settlers in America. They are tough, deer resistant, drought tolerant, long-lived and resistant to borers and disease.

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