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Iris 'Bumblebee Deelite' (MTB) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Clump-forming

Toxicity

Ingestion may cause severe discomfort

Resilience

Hardiness

H7 (very hardy)

Colour

Flower

Yellow and Dark Purple in Summer

Foliage

Green and Yellow in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

iris 'Bumblebee Deelite'

Family

Iridaceae


Iris may be rhizomatous or bulbous perennials, with narrowly leaves and erect stems bearing flowers with 3 large spreading or pendent fall petals, alternating with 3 erect, often smaller, standard petals, in late winter, spring or early summer

Miniature Tall Bearded irises are rhizomatous perennials to 65cm tall, with flowers to just 8cm across, bearded on the falls, in spring or early summer

'Bumblebee Deelite' is a clump-forming perennial to 50cm in height, with narrow yellowish-green leaves and up to 5 flowers per stem, the standards light yellow, veined purple at the base, the falls dusky purple with a narrow yellow margin

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or East-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained, fertile, neutral to slightly acid loam in full sun

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid or Neutral
  • Loam or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by division of rhizomes from midsummer to early autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Wall-side Borders


How to care

Pruning

Remove any dying foliage in autumn, old flower stems can be cut down after flowering

Pests

May be attacked by slugs, snails and thrips

Diseases

May be subject to iris rhizome rot, a leaf spot and a virus