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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  • Richard B. Harris - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Richard B. Harris$8.00
    (Gary Anderson, 1992) TB, 33 inches (84 cm), E S-sunflower yellow F-slightly darker B-red orange;spicy fragrance. Catalyst X Well Endowed.
  • Riverboat Blues - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Riverboat Blues$10.50
    (Schreiner's 1991) TB 38 inches (97 cm), ML Ruffled medium blue self with white beards. Awards - HM 1993 AM 1995 8 to 9 buds per stem.
    Sweet fragrance.

  • Role Model - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Role Model$9.50
    (D.Denney 1988) TB 36 inches (91 cm), E-M S-melon rosy tan with peach influence F-same but darker B-tangerine;fragrant HM 1990 AM 1994
  • Romie Stewart - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Romie Stewart$8.00
    (T.Burseen 1992) TB 39 inches (99 cm), VE-M S-red-brown,lavender-tan blend F-tan overlaid S color,red-brown edge B-golden yellow;fragrant
  • Rosalie Figge - fragrant reblooming tall bearded Iris
    Rosalie Figge$19.00$15.25
    (Jane McKnew, 1993) TB, 39 inches (99 cm), M & RE S. violet; style arms violet streaked darker on midline; F. dark violet, white spray pattern around beard; beards white, tipped violet, yellow in throat; pronounced sweet fragrance. HM 1996, AM 1999. Reliable mupltiple rebloom for us in zone 8. Reported to rebloom in zones 3 to 9.
  • Rush Creek - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Rush Creek$15.00
    (Jack Worel, 1999) TB, 32" (81 cm), M S. rose, midrib and very thin edge yellow gold; style arms lighter rose, edge brownish yellow; F. rust red, 1/8" yellow gold edge, slight white area marked rust red around gold beard; slight sweet fragrance. Gentle Dragon X Rustler. HM 2002.
  • Rush Hour - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Rush Hour$15.00
    (Larry Lauer, R. 2000) TB, 36 inches (91 cm), M Ruffled aureolin yellow, S. with thin darker rim, F. darker overall; beards dark aureolin yellow, light orange to orange in throat; pronounced spicy sweet fragrance. 91-262: (L86-20: (Nancy Glazier x Brandy) x Hager T4717: ((Crystal Cathedral x Mother Earth sib) x (Birthstone x Sky Hooks))) X Hager T5399: (Gratuity x Quasar).
  • Sambuca - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    (L.Johnson 2001) TB 38 inches (97 cm), M Purple black self. Beards deep purple; slight sweet fragrance. Black Tie Affair X Mallory Kay.
  • Satin Satan - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Satin Satan$16.00
    (John Weiler, 1986) TB, 35 inches (90 cm), E-L Very dark violet (near black) B-self; slight sweet fragrance. HM 1988.
  • Saturday Night Live - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Saturday Night Live$11.00
    (Schreiner, 1996) TB, 37 inches (94 cm), EML Burgundy wine self B-bronze yellow;slight fragrance. HM 1998.
  • Say What - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Say What$20.50
    (Denise Stewart, 2014) TB, 35 (89 cm), ML S. and style arms bright yellow; F. red-deep burgundy, slight star pattern around beard; beards old gold; slight musky fragrance; ruffled. Confusione X Reckless Abandon.
  • Schubertiad - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    (M. Jameson, 1997) TB, 34 inches (86 cm), EM S-style arms apricot F-lavender violet with blue flash B-red orange; slight fragrance
  • Shoot the Moon - fragrant reblooming tall bearded Iris
    Shoot the Moon$9.50
    (Monty Byers, 1987) TB SA, 35 inches (89 cm), M & RE (Nov in CA) Ruffled and lightly laced creamy yellow; yellow orange beard, 1.5 inches curved horns; slight sweet fragrance. Replay X Sky Hooks.
  • Shoptalk - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    (Merle Roberts, 1997) TB, 36 inches (91 cm), M Ruffled cerise purple self; style arms cerise; beards purple, lighter in throat; slight fragrance.
  • Sierra Blue - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Sierra Blue$12.00
    (Essig 1932) TB, 48 inches (122 cm) L Clear medium blue, B-white. Fragrant Dykes 1935
  • Sierra Grande - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Sierra Grande$8.00
    (Schreiner's 1992) TB, 38 inches (97 cm), M The standards are white and the falls are blue; ruffled. Strong stems with up to 3 branches and 8 to 10 buds. Sweet fragrance. Awards - HM 1994 AM 1996

  • Signet Ring - fragrant Intermediate bearded Iris
    Signet Ring$9.50
    (Tom Magee, 2000) IB, 18 inches (46 cm), M S. light purple with buff shadow around purple midrib; style arms light purple shadowed buff; F. dark rich purple with buff blaze around purple center streak; beards capucine red; slight spicy fragrance.
  • Silicon Prairie - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Silicon Prairie$8.00
    (Tim Stanek, 1991) TB, 34 inches (86 cm), EM S. light lobelia blue, pronounced golden edge; F. light yellow ochre over green; self beards; laced; pronounced fragrance. HM 1993.
  • Silk Brocade - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Silk Brocade$11.00
    (Keith Keppel, 1999) TB, 35 inches (89 cm), EM S-pinkish violet,grey white center,salmon buff margins F-white-cream-pale peach,edging grey-red B-orange-white; pronounced sweet fragrance. HM 2001
  • Silken Shadows - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Silken Shadows$8.00
    (Maryott's 1993) TB 37 inches (94 cm), M S-light blue-violet F-velvety blue-black,light blue-violet rim B-bronze;fragrant
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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