City Lights Iris – Iris Germanica Bareroot


City Lights German Iris is a stunning perennial flower that adds a touch of elegance and sophistication to any garden or landscape. With its vibrant blooms and graceful foliage, this iris variety is sure to captivate onlookers with its beauty and charm. Its classic, bearded iris form makes it a timeless favorite among gardeners and flower enthusiasts alike.


  • Color: Rich, deep purple petals with intricate veins and a contrasting yellow beard.
  • Fragrance: Delicately sweet fragrance that adds a delightful aroma to the garden.
  • Wildlife and Pest Resistance: Resistant to deer and rabbits due to its tough, leathery foliage. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds, enhancing the garden ecosystem.
  • Planting Zone Information: Suitable for planting in USDA hardiness zones 3 to 9.
  • Sun Preferences: Thrives in full sun to partial shade, although it prefers at least 6 hours of sunlight per day for optimal growth and blooming.
  • Drought Tolerance: Moderately drought tolerant once established, but benefits from regular watering during dry spells, especially in hot climates.
  • Bloom Time: Blooms profusely in late spring to early summer, adding a burst of color to the garden landscape.

City Lights German Iris is a versatile and low-maintenance plant that can be used in borders, rock gardens, or as a focal point in flower beds. Its striking blooms and ease of care make it a must-have addition to any garden setting.



German Iris bulbs, scientifically known as Iris germanica, are perennial plants renowned for their captivating beauty and exquisite blooms. These majestic flowers feature large, intricate petals in a myriad of colors, ranging from deep purples and blues to soft pinks and whites. Their distinctive bearded structures add a touch of elegance, making them a prized addition to any garden.

The foliage of German Iris plants is sword-like and erect, providing a structural element even when the blooms are not in season. With their graceful stature and vibrant hues, German Iris bulbs make a stunning focal point in flower beds, borders, or as eye-catching standalone specimens.

Planting Zones: German Iris bulbs thrive in USDA hardiness zones 3 to 9. These hardy plants are well-suited for a variety of climates, from cooler northern regions to milder southern areas. The versatility of German Iris makes them a popular choice for gardeners looking to add a splash of color and sophistication to their landscapes.

Growing Guide:

  1. Choosing the Right Location: Select a well-drained, sunny spot for planting German Iris bulbs. These plants prefer at least 6 hours of sunlight daily to produce optimal blooms.
  2. Soil Preparation: German Iris bulbs thrive in slightly acidic to neutral soil with good drainage. Incorporate organic matter such as compost or well-rotted manure to enhance soil fertility and structure.
  3. Planting Depth: Plant German Iris bulbs about 4 inches deep and space them approximately 12-24 inches apart. Ensure the rhizome (bulbous root) is planted just beneath the soil surface, allowing it to receive sunlight.
  4. Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged, especially during the growing season and when the buds are forming. However, German Iris plants are relatively drought-tolerant once established.
  5. Fertilization: Apply a balanced fertilizer in early spring when new growth appears. Avoid high-nitrogen fertilizers, as they can encourage lush foliage at the expense of flower production.
  6. Mulching: Apply a layer of mulch around the plants to help retain moisture, suppress weeds, and regulate soil temperature. However, keep the mulch away from the base of the plants to prevent rot.
  7. Dividing and Propagation: Every 3-4 years, divide the clumps of German Iris to prevent overcrowding. Lift the rhizomes in late summer, discard any old or diseased parts, and replant the healthy sections.
  8. Pest and Disease Management: German Iris plants are generally resistant to pests and diseases. However, be vigilant for signs of iris borers and aphids. Treat any infestations promptly with appropriate measures.

By following these guidelines, you can cultivate a breathtaking display of German Iris blooms that will enhance the allure of your garden, providing a feast for the eyes and a touch of sophistication to your outdoor space.


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Plants from Daylily Nursery are guaranteed to arrive healthy and green. If you have any concerns or are dissatisfied within the first five days of receiving your plants, please email or call our office. If your plants have received less-than-ideal care or were purchased for planting outside of your recommended growing zone, your purchase isn’t covered by our guarantee. Zone recommendations are provided in our listings.
Use your best judgment before ordering during unusually hot or cold weather (below 32 degrees F, or in excess of 95F for shipping purposes), as these extremes may leave your plant vulnerable to damage. The optimal time for planting for most of our material is in mid to late spring, past the danger of hard frost. This allows your plants the longest possible growing season. Summer and very early fall are also suitable, as long as your plant is placed in optimal conditions and receives adequate water. Late fall and winter are very risky in most areas. When in doubt about suitable planting times or zone compatible plants for your area, reach out to your local Agricultural Extension Office.
If issues with your plants arise within the first 30 days of receipt, please email or call our office. Our knowledgeable staff will review your concerns and provide guidance and troubleshooting, or a one-time replacement if necessary. The customer assumes responsibility for the cost of shipping the replacement. Happy Planting!

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