Photo by JLBG taken at Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC
Iris x robusta 'Gerald Darby'
Gerald Darby Robust Iris
Item #: 1708
Zones: 4a to 9b, at least
Height: 24" tall
Origin: United States Hybrid
Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)
Iris 'Gerald Darby' is a spectacular 1967 introduction of the naturally-occurring hybrid between our native Iris virginica and Iris versicolor. This selection was created by Iris breeder, the late Gerald Darby, and eventually named in his honor. The base of the upright foliage emerges bright purple in early spring. Rising out of the foliage in spring are the 2' tall, black purple flower scapes, which are topped with blue purple flowers, typical of Iris virginica. Iris x robusta 'Gerald Darby' will grow happily in shallow standing water or in average moisture garden soils. This is really a fun plant for color conscious designers.
Flower Color: Purple/Lavender
Leaf Color: Green , Purple/Lavender
Bloom Time: Spring
Container Role: Thrillers
Garden Themes: Cottage Garden Plants
Other: Bog Garden Plants , Butterfly Attracting Plants , Cut Flower Plants , Deer Resistant Plants , Groundcovers , Hummingbird Plants , Pollinator Plants , North American Native Plants , Rabbit Resistant Plants , Rain Garden Plants , Colored Foliage , Patterned Foliage , United States Native Plants