Bamboo Iris

Iris confusa | Also known as: Flag, Sword Lily, Iris | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

Though pretty, most pandas prefer real Bamboo.

Like so many Iris flowers, the blossoms of Iris confusa are highly admired for the intricacy of their design and the beauty of their colours. Known as the Bamboo Iris, Iris confusa has long, lance-shaped leaves that grow from tall, slim yellowy-green stems that resemble bamboo. Its flowers are a delicate mix of six petals alternating between plain white or light lavender, golden crests with purple spots. At home in moist though not waterlogged alkaline soil, it requires full sun to prosper. Ideal for informal or cottage gardens, rockeries and borders, it is susceptible to frost, so growing under glass and keeping indoors may be necessary.

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Known dangers?
  • yes
Dangers: comments
  • Avoid eating this plant, or you may have severe stomach upset. Its sap may irritate your skin.
Height [m]
  • 0.9
Spread [m]
  • 0.9
Dominant flower colour
  • White
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Mid spring
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Foliage in winter
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • division
Growth habit
  • Compact
  • Erect
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z4-10
Heat zone
  • H12-9
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -34 - 4
Heat days
  • 120 - 210
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Flowers & bulbs
  • Perennials
Grown for
  • Attractive Flowers
Creative category
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
  • Show-offs
  • Roses & classics
  • For every season
  • Tough survivors
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
Garden spaces
  • Flower beds
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years