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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  • Progressive Attitude - fragrant reblooming tall bearded Iris
    Progressive Attitude$8.00
    (Sterling Innerst, 1992) TB RE, 36 inches (91 cm), EM S. white; F. white, narrow stitched blue edge; beards lemon, tipped white; slight musky fragrance. HM 1996. Reliable rebloom for us in zone 8. Reported to rebloom in zones 7, 8, and 9.
  • Purple Essence - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Purple Essence$17.50
    (Hugh Stout, 2010) TB, 36-38 inches (91-97 cm), M S. light smoky violet-purple, deep purple flush at midrib; style arms light violet-purple, darker at base; F. royal purple, hafts white around orange-red beard; slight fragrance.
  • Purple of Tyre - fragrant reblooming tall bearded Iris
    Purple of Tyre$8.25$7.50
    (B. Miller, 1986) TB, 29 inches (74 cm), E & RE (Mid-Oct in AL) Ruffled purple; fragrant. Reliable rebloom for us in zone 8. Reported to rebloom in zones 4 to 9. Fragrant Iris.
  • Python'z Parasol - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Python'z Parasol$15.00
    (B. Kasperek, 2001) TB, 36 inches (91 cm), M Tan background,deeper netted overlay,yellow&warm lavender,F.w/random red grape highlight,B.light tan orange; ruffled, slight fragrance.
  • Qualified - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    (Graeme Grosvenor, 2000) TB, 32 inches (81 cm), ML Apricot peach pink self; beards tangerine; sweet fragrance. Larcenist X Bogota.
  • Queen for a Day - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Queen for a Day$20.00
    (Bruce Filardi, 2017) TB, 46 inches (117 cm), ML S. pale apricot flushed pale pink in center; style arms pale apricot, flushed lilac; F. lilac, flushed clear light blue around beard; beards neon red-orange; very spicy fragrance; ruffled; heavily laced. Shelby Lynne X French Cancan.
  • Queen's Violet - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Queen's Violet$8.50
    H. Shockey, 1994) TB, 37 inches (94 cm), M Violet self B-blue-violet;slight sweet fragrance
  • Quicken - fragrant SDB Standard Dwarf Bearded
    (J. T. Aitken, 1991) SDB, 10 inches (25 cm), EM White, edges stitched dark purple; beards frost white, tipped violet; slight fragrance. Chubby Cheeks X Peso. HM 1993.
  • Quintessa - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    (J Painter, 2015) TB, 36 inches M-L Ruffled white self. Beards white tipped marigold in throat.Slight sweet fragrance. Dreamlife X Winterfest.
  • Rainbow Goddess - fragrant reblooming tall bearded Iris
    Rainbow Goddess$7.25
    (R.Ernst 1994) TB 34 inches (86 cm), ML S-purple violet F-creamy white with violet wash,yellow-orange edge B-tangerine;fragrant HM 1996
  • Raven's Quote - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Raven's Quote$10.00
    (R. Ernst, R. 1994) TB, 35 inches (89 cm), M Ruffled dark violet blue, slightly lighter around beard; beards violet blue, tipped light blue; ruffled; slight sweet fragrance. Lavender Luck X Dusky Challenger. HM 1996
  • Rebecca Leanne Headrick - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Rebecca Leanne Headrick$10.00
    (D. Headrick, 2001) TB, 38 inches (97 cm), EM S. pale peach pink veined darker; style arms pale peach pink, darker midrib; F. peach pink, creamy white wash; beards deep tangerine; ruffled; slight spicy fragrance. Lingering Love X Lemon Mist
  • Recurring Fantasy - fragrant reblooming tall bearded Iris
    Recurring Fantasy$10.00$9.50
    (L.Lauer 2000) TB 34 inches (86 cm), EM & RE Violet S-with lighter midrib B-with white markings around blue-white-yellow B; Fragrant; Reliable rebloom for us in zone 8. Reported to rebloom in zones 8 and 9.
  • Red Thumbprints - fragrant reblooming Border bearded Iris
    Red Thumbprints$10.50$9.50
    (A. & D. Cadd, 2000) BB, 25 inches (64 cm), E S-chocolate brown,lighter border F-chocolate brown,reddish wash,yellow lines B-orange;fragrant
  • Reddy Freddie - fragrant SDB Standard Dwarf Bearded
    Reddy Freddie$19.50
    (Michael Sutton, 2012) SDB, 10 inches (25 cm), E-M S. and style arms fuchia purple; F. magnolia purple, cardinal red thumbprint, near black around beards; beards mustard, hairs white tipped mustard; pronounced spicy fragrance. Cat’s Eye X Under My Thumb.
  • Reincarnation - fragrant reblooming tall bearded Iris
    (Monty Byers, 1989) TB, SA, 37 inches (93 cm), M & RE Heavily ruffled medium mulberry, blended pink at hafts; orange red beard, fuzzy mulberry horns on spring bloom; pronounced sweet fragrance. Reliable rebloom for us in zone 8. Reported to rebloom in zones 7, 8, and 9. Late rebloom.
  • Returning Chameleon - fragrant reblooming tall bearded Iris
    Returning Chameleon$8.00
    (Betty Wilkerson, 1995) TB, 32 inches (81 cm), M & RE S. and style arms greyed white to pale lavender, occasionally palest pink; F. grey white to pale pink; beards white, tipped pale orange in throat; ruffled; slight musky fragrance. Reliable rebloom for us in zone 8. Reported to rebloom in zones 6 to 9.
  • Reversi - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    (Michael Sutton, 2006) TB, 36 inches (91 cm), ML SA S. wisteria violet; style arms pale wisteria-violet; F. white with a hint of lavender; beards blue, bald lavender horns; pronounced sweet fragrance.
  • Rhythm King - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Rhythm King$8.00
    (Stahly 1992) TB 35 inches (89 cm) M. Heavily ruffled deep blue violet; beards deep blue; slight sweet fragrance. Fragrant Iris.
  • Ribbons and Lace - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Ribbons and Lace$17.00
    (Cynthia Bauer, 2015) TB, 36" (91 cm), L S. medium dauphin’s violet, pale blue flush in center; style arms medium dauphin’s violet; F. palest blue-lavender, slightly darker texture veining, wide rim of medium dauphin’s violet, pale yellow thumbprints at hafts; beards based white, tipped mid-yellow, darker yellow in throat; slight spicy fragrance; very heavily laced. Vienna Waltz X Fancy Stuff.
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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