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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  • Mescal - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    (Jim & Vicki Craig, 1996) TB, 40 inches (102 cm), L S. light lemon yellow, center paler; style arms bright yellow; F. warm white, 1/4 inches lemon yellow rim, medium yellow plicata veins and dotting at haft; beards yellow; ruffled, lightly laced; slight sweet fragrance.
  • Midnight fragrantrance - fragrant reblooming tall bearded Iris
    Midnight Fragrance$8.00
    (S. Stevens,1990) TB, 29 inches (74 cm), M Heavily ruffled violet black; self beard; pronounced sweet fragrance. Dusky Dancer X Navy Strut. HM 1993
  • Mind Reader - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Mind Reader$8.00
    (Keith Keppel, 1994) TB, 36 inches (91 cm), E S-mignon over pale ground,paler edge F-deeper in center B-white-lemon;pronounced sweet fragrance. HM 1996, AM 1998
  • Minneola - fragrant reblooming Border bearded Iris
    (George Sutton, 2005) BB, 26 inches (66 cm), EM & RE S. cadmium orange; style arms tangerine orange; F. blend of tangerine orange and apricot, dark orange veins; beards fire red, very wide; ruffled, light lace; slight spicy fragrance. Eggnog X Orange Popsicle. HM 2007
  • Miss Piggy - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Miss Piggy$13.00
    (T. Burseen, 1997) TB, 35 inches (89 cm), ML S-dark plum purple F-blackish burgundy,white haft striations B-gold; ruffled, sweet fragrance
  • Misty Twilight - fragrant reblooming tall bearded Iris
    Misty Twilight$8.00
    (Monty Byers, 1988) TB, 38 inches (97 cm), M-L & RE Heavily ruffled pale violet-blue, misty green white center on F.; medium blue beard tipped yellow in throat; slight sweet fragrance.

    Reliable rebloom for us in zone 8.

    Reported to rebloom in zones 3 to 9.

  • Mo-Town Sister - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Mo-Town Sister$9.50
    (G.Nicholson 1999) TB, 36-38 inches (91-97 cm), M S. light grape juice; style arms same, golden inner glow; F. velvety deep tokay grape, thin white rim, white area near beard peppered deep grape; beards orange, deepening in throat, white at end and on base of hairs; heavily ruffled; slight musky fragrance. Flights of Fancy X unknown.
  • Monday-Monday - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    (Roger Nelson, 1992),TB, 29 inches (74 cm), EML Smooth bright deep lavender blue, F. with lighter area near beard; beards deep lavender blue, some gold orange deep in throat; ruffled, pleated; pronounced sweet fragrance.
  • Monty's Sweet Blue - fragrant reblooming tall bearded Iris
    Monty's Sweet Blue$8.25
    (Byers 1994) TB 36 inches (91 cm), M SA Dark blue-violet B-yellow tipped light blue,dark blue-violet flounces or horns;fragrant
  • Mulberry Echo - fragrant reblooming tall bearded Iris
    Mulberry Echo$19.25
    (W.Maryott 1997) TB 37 inches (94 cm), EM & RE Cerise maroon self B-orange;slight spicy fragrance
  • My Forte - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    My Forte$8.50
    (Richard Ernst, 2000) TB, 37 inches (94 cm), ML S. violet purple, midrib infused white; style arms violet purple; F. white, 1/4-3/8 inches violet purple band; beards tangerine orange; slight sweet fragrance.
  • My Little Wagon - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    My Little Wagon$24.00$21.00

    (Margie Valenzuela, 2012) TB, This may not look much like a wagon, but it's color is getting close to a red wagon. When the sun hits it just can look quite red. This is a healthy, great growing plant with rebloom genes. Nice branching too. Sdlg. ROR-05-J, TB. 33-34" Mid-season. Stands. are deep red with orange-brown tint; lower midribs are red-orange to orange. Style arms shades of red-orange, orange, and yellow. Falls are deep red with velvety maroon-red shading and white markings near beard. Beard is yellow tipped mustard.

    Parentage: Rustler x (Vanity x Chief Redskin)

  • Mystic Lover - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Mystic Lover$14.00$12.10
    (George Sutton, 2000) TB, SA, 36 inches (91 cm), ML S. white, trace of violet on midrib; style arms pale violet; F. dark violet; beards bronze, violet base, short dark violet horn; slight sweet fragrance.
  • Neil Diamond - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Neil Diamond$9.50
    (R. Nelson, 1987) TB, 34" (86 cm), M Ruffled smooth deep violet; deep violet blue beard, gold orange deep in throat; slight sweet fragrance. Azure Lights X Navy Strut. HM 1989.
  • Night Game - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Night Game$9.50
    (Keith Keppel, 1996) TB, 42 inches (107 cm), ML S-eggplant-violet F-velvety blackish purple,purple edge B-brick orange,violet base; fragrant. Witches' Sabbath X Gallant Rogue. HM 1998, AM 2000.
  • Night Stalker - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Night Stalker$8.00
    (J.Hedgecock 1994) TB 36 inches (91 cm), ML Ruffled purple black self with velvety sheen on fluted F.; beards purple, gold in throat; slight sweet fragrance.
  • Noble House - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Noble House$8.00
    (J. McWhirter, 1988) TB, 38 inches (97 cm), M Royal purple B-self; slight fragrance. HM 1990.
  • Nora Eileen - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Nora Eileen$8.00
    (Gerald Richardson, 1994) TB, 39 inches (99 cm), M Wine red magenta, F. with violet flash by violet beard; slight fragrance. HM 1997, AM 2001.
  • Nora's Thrill - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Nora's Thrill$19.50
    (Gerald Richardson, 2002)TB 32 inches (81 cm) Bright magenta violet blend, F. haft smooth red; style arms brownish red; beards magenta, bronze base; slight fragrance. Thriller X Nora Eileen.
  • Northwest Progress - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Northwest Progress$9.00$7.50
    (Schreiner's 1997) TB 34 inches (86 cm), EM S-style arms light blue F-dark violet black B-yellow,violet at end;fragrant HM 1999
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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