Bold Pretender Louisiana Iris

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'Bold Pretender' is a native Louisiana Iris with distinctive pale pink and darker red petals alternating around a beautifully patterned, yellow-green center. Blooms are up to 4 inches across and appear in early to mid summer. Like other Louisiana Iris, 'Bold Pretender' prefers constant moisture and full sun, but will tolerate partial shade and is not too picky about soil type. Perfect for that tricky low-lying, wet spot! Deer and rabbit resistant. (Iris louisiana)
Zones 4 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Native
Good For Cut Flowers
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Plant Size28-36" tall , 18-24" wide
Bloom TimeEarly to mid summer
SizeBag of 1
SKUAM014470

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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Plant Information

The Louisiana Irises are some of the most wonderful native plants in North America. Growing in and near wetlands in Louisiana and neighboring states, these amazing irises have cross-hybridized naturally over the years, so there are now an infinite number of colors and types. According to Iris expert, Claire Austin, today, they are found in the wild in tones of blue, lavender, yellow, white, pink, and orange/red, the latter color not found in any other irises. Their flowers are large and flatter than other irises, with less of a distinction between the upward center petals and outer falls, the petals that droop on most irises. This unique flower form makes the Louisiana Iris, in some ways, especially when viewed from above, the most beautiful of all the worlds irises.

They need plenty of water, but a well-watered perennial border is fine. A wet spot in your garden or meadow is even better.

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SKUAM014470
Item Package Size
Bag of 1
Common Name
Bold Pretender Louisiana Iris
Botanical Name
Iris louisiana Bold Pretender
Zones
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Flower Color
Red
Flower Size
4-6" flowers
Mature Height
28-36" tall
Estimated Mature Spread
18-24" wide
Growth Rate
Medium
Bloom Time
Early to mid summer
Planting Depth
Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Ships As
Bare Root
Foliage
Green sword-like foliage.
Soil Type
Loamy Soil, Moist/Wet Soil, Acidic Soil
Soil Moisture
Average, Moist / Wet
Advantages
Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Native, Good For Cut Flowers
Additional Information
Great for edges of ponds, streams, swamps and bogs.
Ideal Region
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Pacific Northwest
Planting Time
Spring / Summer
Poisonous or Toxic to Animals
Some parts poisonous if ingested.
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