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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
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Cut Flowers
Cut Flowers
Native
Native
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Mature Plant Size 28-36" tall, 18-24" wide
Bloom Time Early to mid summer
Size Bag of 1
SKU 249PER

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.

SKU 249PER
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 Color Green
Foliage Green sword-like foliage.
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Clay Soil, Loamy Soil, Moist/Wet Soil, Acidic Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Moist/Wet
Advantages Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Cut Flowers, Native
Additional Information Great for edges of ponds, streams, swamps and bogs.
Poisonous or Toxic to Animals Some parts poisonous if ingested.
Ideal Region Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Pacific Northwest
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

As soon as your order is placed you will receive an order confirmation email that will include your shipping information. We ship perennials and spring-planted bulbs at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennials and spring-planted bulb orders will arrive separately from seeds. If your order requires more than one shipment, there is no additional shipping charge. See our shipping information page for approximate ship dates and more detailed information. If you need express shipping or have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (877) 309-7333 or contact us by email.

You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Your order is scheduled to arrive at your door, fresh and ready to plant, usually within 3-5 days of leaving our warehouse, depending on your shipping address. We pack our plants to withstand up to 10 days in transit, in the event transit is delayed. We cannot guarantee arrival on a specific day. Please make sure to open your package upon receipt and follow the instructions included.

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American MeadowsBold Pretender Louisiana Iris
 
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5.0

Loves the sunny seasonal creek!

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from Two harbors, MN

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    Comments about American Meadows Bold Pretender Louisiana Iris:

    Have had for 1 month. Large piece of healthy root and sprouted promptly upon planting. Planted it in the sunny seasonal Cree k and it seems very happy. Hoping it blooms this year!

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    5.0

    Excellent root piece, sprouting and looking healthy

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    from Normanna, MN

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      Comments about American Meadows Bold Pretender Louisiana Iris:

      Healthy root stock, large piece. Sprouted a few days after I planted it in a partially sunny marshy creek bed.

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      Comments about American Meadows Bold Pretender Louisiana Iris:

      I bought 2 varieties of Louisiana last spring. They just sat in the garden for a couple of weeks and then died back. It is now the following winter, and I am hoping I will see new growth this spring. Until then, I am reserving judgement.

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      2.0

      Slow to mature

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      from Hanover, VA

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      • Small In Size

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      Comments about American Meadows Bold Pretender Louisiana Iris:

      Because I had a poor experience with Lousiana Iris in my garden, I planted these in a container. They have survived a harsh winter but are very slow to grow and have not bloomed.

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      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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