Fragrant Iris

Fragrant Irises

Fragrance is often an overlooked quality of the bearded irises. This can be difficult to understand because the perfumes produced from some of these fragrant flowers vary from light and sweet to heavily scented, dusky and even a "chocolate" essence. If you specifically want fragrant iris flowers, you will be pleased with the following selection from our fragrant irises.

The fragrant Iris often have a sweet scent that makes them doubly enjoyable as a cut flower.

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  • Leanna - fragrant reblooming tall bearded Iris
    (LeRoy Meininger, 1997) TB, 30 inches (76 cm), EM Heavily ruffled white ground plicata, S. densely peppered lavender, F. with heavily peppered 3/4 inches lavender edge; style arms medium lavender; beards gold, tipped lavender; pronounced sweet fragrance.
  • Leave the Light On - fragrant Intermediate bearded Iris
    Leave the Light On$16.00
    (Riley Probst, 2013) IB, 22 (56 cm), S. blue-purple with a 1/16 inch gold edge; style arms bright yellow, vertical purple veining on style crests; F. blue-purple luminata pattern, bright yellow area with a 1/4 inch white spear extending downward from beard; beards orange; pronounced sweet fragrance. Wild Hair X High Master. HM 2015, AM 2017.
  • Let's Be Friends - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Let's Be Friends$17.75
    (Christopherson 2002) TB, 31 inch (79 cm), M The standards are light purple paling to yellow tan rim and the falls are white ground, purple luminata wash. The beards are yellow with rust hair tips. Slight sweet fragrance. Spirit world X Oninous Stranger.
  • Life of Riley - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Life of Riley$8.00
    (McWhirter 1993) TB 36 inches (91 cm), M S-peach F-rose-tan B-bright red;slight fragrance HM 1995
  • Light Rebuff - fragrant reblooming tall bearded Iris
    Light Rebuff$9.50
    (Raymond Smith, 1992) TB, 30 inches (76 cm), M & RE S. pale orange yellow with slight pink cast; F. pale orange yellow veined green; beards yellow, tipped tangerine; ruffled; slight fragrance. Reliable rebloom for us in zone 8. Reported to rebloom in zones 5 to 9. HM 1993
  • Like a Charm - fragrant reblooming Intermediate bearded Iris
    Like a Charm$8.00
    (Monty Byers, 1989) IB, 22 inches (56 cm), M & RE SA S. light lemon yellow; F. white with bright yellow from hafts to end of beard; blue beard tipped yellow, blue violet horns; lightly ruffled; pronounced sweet fragrance.
  • Lofty Dreams - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Lofty Dreams$8.25$7.50
    (Evelyn Robarts, 1992) TB, 35-37 inches (89-94 cm), M Ruffled pale blue white; beards medium blue; slight sweet fragrance.
  • Los Coyotes - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Los Coyotes$8.00
    (Tom Burseen, 1993) TB, 35 inches (89 cm), EM S. brilliant pure golden yellow; F. golden yellow ground with bright red streaks and veining, fine yellow edge; beards gold; ruffled; spicy fragrance. HM 1997.
  • Lou Peach - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Lou Peach$11.00
    (Lou Ehrcke, 1998) TB, 33 inches (84 cm), M Peach, F. washed light magenta rose; beards greyed orange; lightly laced; slight musky fragrance.
  • Louise Todd - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Louise Todd$8.00
    (J, McWhirter 1995) TB 38 inches (97 cm), ML S-orchid-blue,lavender-blue style arms F-white B-orchid-lavender;slight fragrance
  • Manor Born - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Manor Born$8.00
    (Virginia Messick, 1994) TB, 38 inches (97 cm), M Scalloped bright lavender-rose B-light lavender; fragrant. Winterscape X Nordic Prince.
  • Marge M - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Marge M$8.25$7.50
    (George Sutton, 1991) TB, 34 inches (86 cm), M Ruffled violet blue, paler around beard; beards violet blue, tipped white; slight sweet fragrance.
  • Mariposa Autumn - fragrant reblooming tall bearded Iris
    Mariposa Autumn$10.50$9.50
    (R.Tasco 1999) TB 32 inches (81 cm), EM & RE S-rosy violet,white center,lemon yellow edges F-white,rosy violet band B-white-violet-gold;fragrant. Reliable rebloom for us in zone 8. Reported to rebloom in zones 7, 8, and 9. HM 2001 AM 2003
  • Martile Rowland - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Martile Rowland$9.50
    (Howard Bushnell, 2000) TB, 36-38 inches (91-97 cm), E Ruffled and laced lemon yellow, F. fading to white around uniform fire engine red orange beard; slight spicy fragrance. HM 2004.
  • Mary Frances - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Mary Frances$13.00
    (L. Gaulter, 1973) TB, 38 inches (97 cm), M Ruffled light blue-orchid with white center on F.; white beard tipped yellow, orange throat. HM 1974, AM 1976, Dykes 1979. Fragrant Iris.
  • Masked Bandit - fragrant Intermediate bearded Iris
    Masked Bandit$8.00
    (Keith Keppel, 1998) IB, 26 inches (66 cm), EM & SA S. blended greyed mauve to wineberry shading to khaki on outer third, speckled colonial buff in center; style arms buckthorn brown, edged brass; F. chrome lemon ground heavily marked velvety port wine to dahlia purple, almost solid except for blaze and haft striping; beards sudan brown to burnt umber; heavily ruffled; pronounced sweet fragrance.
  • Mauvelous - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    (Monty Byers, 1988) TB, SA, 36 inches (91 cm), M S. very smooth mauve pink; F. pearly white, mauve pink hafts, narrow suffused mauve pink edge; blue beard heavily tipped bright orange-red; short blue horns; heavily ruffled; slight sweet fragrance.
  • Melancholy Man - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Melancholy Man$8.00
    (R.Nelson 1994) TB 35 inches (89 cm), M Silvery violet-blue,deeper thumbprints on F B-self tipped orange;sweet fragrance
  • Mellow Magic - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Mellow Magic$8.50
    (P.Black 1992) TB, 36 inches (91 cm), L S-pink diffused to bluish mauve edge F-white around cocoa pink B;fragrant
  • Men In Black - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Men In Black$10.50
    (Larry Lauer, 1998) TB, 34 inches (86 cm), ML Ruffled blackish purple, F. with deep lavender central flush; beards deep purple, hairs tipped mustard, changing to mustard central section, bright yellow in throat; slight sweet fragrance. HM 2000.
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Looking for the most fragrant Iris. Try using the search function for the word "pronounced" which should return all the varieties that have a pronounced fragrance.

Some of the tall bearded Iries are also Reblooming Iris. You will be able to identify them when you see the "RE" in the description. RE is for Reblooming (Irises). Some of the reblooming irises are also very fragrant Irises