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Golden Variegated Sweet Iris

Iris pallida 'Aureovariegata'

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Golden Variegated Sweet Iris (Iris pallida 'Aureovariegata') at Eagle Lake Nurseries

Golden Variegated Sweet Iris in bloom

Golden Variegated Sweet Iris in bloom

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Golden Variegated Sweet Iris (Iris pallida 'Aureovariegata') at Eagle Lake Nurseries

Golden Variegated Sweet Iris flowers

Golden Variegated Sweet Iris flowers

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Height:  23 inches

Spacing:  14 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3a

Other Names:  Sweet Flag

Ornamental Features

Golden Variegated Sweet Iris has masses of beautiful lilac purple flag-like flowers with purple throats and a yellow beard at the ends of the stems in late spring, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive sword-like leaves remain grayish green in colour with showy lemon yellow variegation throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

Golden Variegated Sweet Iris is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Insects

Golden Variegated Sweet Iris is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Golden Variegated Sweet Iris will grow to be about 23 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 17 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 14 inches apart. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Garden 
Flowers  Foliage Color  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features