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This species is native to Italy and, as a parent of the Tall Bearded Iris, is the source of the sweet fragrance found in many of today's hybrids. It's a mistake, however, to ignore the virtues of this plant on its own, especially a selected form known as I. pallida 'Variegata.' As the name suggests, this is a richly decorative plant whose leaves are elegantly striped in a pattern that begins nearly lemon yellow and fades to creamy white. This process continues through the summer, producing a blend of subtle foliage hues, all of which complement the grape scented June flowers of rich violet-blue. At 3′, this is a plant that can carry its own weight in a garden. In well-drained soil and at least a half day's sun, it is sure to please for many years. More rugged than it looks, too.

Sun Exposure:  full sun

Soil type: sandy or normal

Soil PH: all

Soil Moisture: dry, average to moist does not tolerate wet sites

Care level: medium (clean up dead and damaged foliage in fall) (fertilize regularly)(see planting instructions above)

Flower color: violet blue

Bloom time: late spring early summer

Foliage Color: variegated green lemon to white stripes

Uses and Characteristics:  accent:  good texture and form, Gorgeous foliage, specimen, massed, fragrant, reblooming, attracts butterflies and hummingbirds, deer and resistant, cut flower, poisonous toxic

Flower head size: medium

Height: 36 inches Width: 12 to 24 inches

Growth Rate: medium

Propagation:  Divide every 3 or 4 years in spring, midsummer or early fall.  To divide, dig up the rhizomes, break them apart and plant the parts that have a fan of leaves, discard the rest.  

Iris Pallida ‘Variegata Alba’,  Sweet Iris, zones 4-8