24-36" tall x 18" wide. Wake up a sleepy spring with Cheetah Cheese Bearded Iris (Iris germanica). Bright orange-apricot ruffled standards are complemented by flashy garnet splashed falls with tangerine beards. Plant this fragrant late-spring bloomer with other, softer-colored Bearded Iris. Pinch off spent blossoms and cut the flowering stem back to 1-2 inches from the rhizome to prevent seeds from forming once all the flowers have blossomed. Make sure the leaves remain, as they feed the Iris for next year's bloom. Plant in well-draining soil in a location with full sun to part shade (at least six hours of sun). Bearded Iris appreciates consistent moisture until after blooming, then they are quite drought tolerant once established. Plant them in groups of at least three rhizomes (bulbs) for best effect. The sword-like foliage is also a lovely complement to the varied leaves of spring and summer, such as Peonies, Larkspur (Delphinium), and Yarrow (Achillea). For cut flowers, harvest early in the day when the buds are just opening. Place them in a bucket of room temperature water and re-cut them an inch higher at a slant. Keep them in a cool spot out of direct sunlight and enjoy the flower parade.
|Item Package Size|
Bag of 1
Cheetah Cheese Bearded Iris
Iris germanica Cheetah Cheese
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
|Estimated Mature Spread|
Plant rhizomes 12-24" apart
Iris should be planted so the tops of the rhizomes are exposed and the roots are spread out facing downwards in the soil. Make sure not to plant the rhizomes too deep.
Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber
Green, Sword-shaped, linear leaves.
Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Drought/Dry Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Dry, Average, Well Draining
Easy To Grow, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant
Honorable Mention: 2005, Award of Merit: 2009
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
Spring / Summer, Fall
|Poisonous or Toxic to Animals|
Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
|Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada|