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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  • Burnt Crisp - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Burnt Crisp$10.50
    (Tom Burseen, 1994) TB, 34 inches (86 cm), M S-tan-brown F-dark brown,cream spray pattern at gold B;laced;fragrant
  • Busy Being Blue - fragrant reblooming tall bearded Iris
    Busy Being Blue$8.25
    (Denny 1990) TB 32 inches (81 cm) E. Light sky blue; white beard tipped yellow; slight fragrance. Regents' Row X Winterscape.
  • Butterfingers - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    (Larry Lauer, 1997) TB, 34 inches (86 cm), ML S. and style arms yellow; F. white ground changing to yellow, patterned brown edge, light purple center streak; beards yellow; ruffled; slight sweet fragrance. HM 2000.
  • Cable Car - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Cable Car$8.25$7.50
    (Luihn 1982) TB 40 inches (102 cm), M-L. Brown; cadmium orange beards. Lily fragrance. HM 1984
  • Cabot Cove - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Cabot Cove$8.00
    (Larry Lauer, 1994) TB, 35 inches (89 cm), M S. blue orchid, washed white; F. blue orchid, washed white, aging to show sanded pepper pattern on shoulders and margins; beards white, tipped lavender; slight fragrance. HM 1996.
  • Calm Stream - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Calm Stream$8.25
    (Cy Bartlett, 1998) TB, 38 inches (97 cm), ML S. white, washed very pale lavender; F. medium blue lavender; beards light lavender, yellow in throat; heavily ruffled; slight sweet fragrance.
  • Cantina - fragrant reblooming tall bearded Iris
    (Monty Byers, 1990) TB, 35 inches (89 cm), M & RE S. medium red violet; F. medium violet, distinctly bordered bright red violet; beard mixed violet and gold; ruffled.

    Reliable multiple rebloom for us in zone 8.

    Reported to rebloom in zones 5 to 9.

    Fragrant Iris. HM 1997
  • Captain Indigo - fragrant Intermediate bearded Iris
    Captain Indigo$8.00
    (Cy Bartlett,1999) IB, 24 inches (60 cm), E S. white, very heavily washed deep indigo blue; F. khaki; beards light khaki; lightly waved; slight fragrance.
  • Catch A Wave - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Catch A Wave$7.25
    (R.Nelson 1995) TB, 36 inches (91 cm), ML S-hazy violet blue,deeper style arms F-hazy violet blue,gilt edge B-gold orange-lavender;fragrant
  • Celtic Skies - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Celtic Skies$8.00
    (George Sutton, 1999) TB, 35 inches (89 cm), ML-VL Ruffled wistaria blue, F. lighter on lower half; style arms wistaria blue; beards lobelia blue, hairs tipped yellow in throat; serrate petal edges; slight sweet fragrance. HM 1995
  • Champagne and Caviar - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Champagne and Caviar$8.00
    (Roger Nelson, 1996) TB, 31 inches (79 cm), M S-style arms blue white F-silvery white B-bluish white,yellow throat;fragrant.
  • Change of Pace - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Change of Pace$12.00
    (Schreiner's 1991) TB, 35 inches (89 cm), EM The standards are pink and the falls are white, rose violet plic. Fragrant Iris. HM 1993 AM 1997
  • Chaste Pearl - fragrant Border bearded Iris
    Chaste Pearl$8.00
    (George Sutton, 1996) BB, 26 inches (66 cm), ML Ruffled crystalline pinkish white; style arms pale orient pink; beards coral. Fragrant Iris.
  • Cherry Glen - fragrant reblooming tall bearded Iris
    Cherry Glen$9.50
    (Maryott's 1995) TB 38 inches (97 cm), EM S-red-violet maroon F-same but more velvety B-orange;spicy fragrance HM 1997
  • Chivalry - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    (J.Wills 1943) TB 32 inches (81 cm), M Wills, 43; Medium blue Self, Ruffled; good substance, fragrant HM 1944 AM 1946 Dykes Medal 1947
  • Cin Cin - fragrant Border bearded Iris
    Cin Cin$8.00
    (Sterling Innerst, 1998) BB, 25 inches (64 cm), M & SA Medium blue self; beards dark blue, dark blue horn; slight fragrance. Deity X Codicil.
  • Circus Circus - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Circus Circus$12.00
    (G.Sutton 1997) TB 37 inches (94 cm), EML S. light lilac, veined darker; style arms white to light orchid; F. white, heavy violet veining and edging; beards violet; slight spicy fragrance. Momentum X (Heavenly Harmony x Petite Posy) x French Gown). HM 1999 AM 2003
  • Circus Dancer - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Circus Dancer$18.25
    (George Sutton, 2002) TB, 36 inches (91 cm), EML S. white, washed aster violet; style arms white and aster violet; F. white, veined and dotted aster violet, 1/2 inches veined aster violet edge; beards old gold, violet at end; ruffled; slight sweet fragrance. Momentum X Acoma.HM 2006
  • Clarence - fragrant reblooming tall bearded Iris
    (Lloyd Zurbrigg, 1991) TB, 35 inches (89 cm), M & RE (Aug/ NC & VA) S. white, tinted violet at top; F. light blue violet, white center and hafts; cream beard; sweet fragrance. Parentage unknown. HM 1995, AM 1997, Wister 2000. One of the most award winning rebloomers. Rebloom reports in zones 4,5,6,7,8,& 9. Fragrant Iris.
  • Classic Look - fragrant reblooming tall bearded Iris
    Classic Look$8.00
    (Schreiners '92) TB, 36 inches (91 cm), EM Ruffled white ground blue plicata. Very good ruffled shape with 8 to 10 buds per stalk. Vanilla fragrance. Awards - HM 1994 AM 1996
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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