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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  • He-Man Blues - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    He-Man Blues$8.25$7.50
    (G. Richardson,1993) TB, 42 inches (107 cm), M Heavily ruffled medium to light blue with faint lavender cast, silvery blue accents; beards cream, tipped gold; slight sweet fragrance.
  • Headline Banner - fragrant reblooming Border bearded Iris
    Headline Banner$10.50
    (George Sutton, 1999) BB, 26 inches (66 cm), ML & RE S. white, mottled lavender blue darkest at midrib, 1/8 inches gilt edge at top; style arms white to lavender blue; F. white, 1/8 inches gilt edge, 1 inches lavenderl blue dotted and stitched border, darker centerline; beards yellow, base white; ruffled; slight sweet fragrance. Reliable rebloom for us in zone 8. Reported to rebloom in zones 8 and 9.
  • Heartfelt Beauty - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Heartfelt Beauty$31.90

    (Margie Valenzuela, 2013) Seedling AJLS-06-LA (E-M) 32-34" Tall, TB. A "Louisa's Song" child, and what a beauty........ with great substance and rolling ruffles galore! Standards and falls are white to palest lavender, with pale peach near it's hafts. Note the laced edges, the slight fragrance, and to complete this beauty are lovely red beards tinged orange. It's great grower and increaser too. Simply lovely in the garden with a longer growing season than most irises.

    Parentage: April Jewel x Louisa's Song.

  • Helen's Melody - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Helen's Melody$16.00
    (Hugh Stout, 2014) TB, 36" (91 cm), EM S. very light violet-blue, light violet veining; style arms light violet-blue; F. vivid violet, darker at edges turning lighter to white at base, strong violet veining throughout falls, red-violet at hafts; beards tangerine-orange, hairs based white with some purple, tips red-orange; pronounced sweet fragrance. Stop Firting X U29, unknown.
  • Hemstitched - fragrant reblooming tall bearded Iris
    (Hager 1990) TB 32 inches (81 cm) EM & RE (Aug. Sept. & Oct. in inland CA). White, narrow edge stitched lavender violet, heavily veined hafts; pale blue white beard. (Space Odyssey x Socialite) X Earl of Essex. Reliable rebloom for us in zone 8. Reported to rebloom in zones 5 to 9.
    Sweet fragrance.
  • Her Pinkness - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Her Pinkness$8.50
    (O. Schick,1999) TB, 36-38 inches (91-97 cm), M S. and style arms light pink; F. light pink; beards pinkish orange; ruffled; slight musky fragrance. Alice Goodman X Vision in Pink.
  • Hers - fragrant Intermediate bearded Iris
    (Allan Ensminger, 1990) IB, 20 inches (51 cm), ML White with pale lavender flush, yellow hafts; yellow beard; slight fragrance. Generosity X Sweet 'N' Neat. 1990. HM 1994.
  • Hi - fragrant reblooming Intermediate bearded Iris
    (Byers 1990) IB SA, 24 inches (61 cm), M. RE Lightly ruffled white, chartreuse yellow haft lines; blue beards and horns. Reliable multiple rebloom for us in zone 8. Reported to rebloom in zones 4 to 9. Pronounced sweet musky fragrance.
  • High Ho Silver - fragrant reblooming tall bearded Iris
    High Ho Silver$8.25$7.50
    (Monty Byers, 1989) TB, 36 inches (91 cm), E-M & RE Lightly ruffled silvery grey to silver white, tan gold hafts; light ground beard tipped gold; slight musky fragrance. Reliable rebloom for us in zone 8. Reported to rebloom in zones 5 to 9. HM 1993.
  • Highlands Nugget - fragrant Intermediate bearded Iris
    Highlands Nugget$16.00$13.50
    (J. Ragle,2002) IB, 20 inches (51 cm), EM S. and style arms slightly browner than chrome yellow; F. bright bronzy gold; beards yellow ochre (07); lightly ruffled; slight sweet fragrance. Dresden Canary sib X Fanfaron.
  • Hollywood and Vine - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Hollywood and Vine$8.00
    (McWhirter 1992) TB 36 inches (91 cm), M S. light magenta grape; F. darker magenta grape; beards blue violet; ruffled; slight fragrance. Ensemble X Noble House. HM 1996
  • Honey Crunch - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Honey Crunch$8.00
    (Maryott, 1988) TB, 37 inches (93 cm), M S.golden tan hint of pink;Fgolden tan,darker peachshoulder; Sweet fragrance.
  • Hookem Horns - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Hookem Horns$8.00$7.50
    (George Sutton, 1997) TB, SA, 38 inches (97 cm), EM S. lilac purple, paler midrib; F. ruby red, white spray pattern at haft, edges darker; beards white, yellow in throat, 1 inches hairless ruby red horn aat end; ruffled; slight spicy fragrance. HM 2001.
  • Horns And Blues - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Horns And Blues$9.50$8.50
    (Jim Hedgecock, 1996) TB, SA, 38 inches (97 cm), M Ruffled pale blue; beards yellow, fuzzy pale blue horn; slight sweet fragrance.
  • How Bout That - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    How Bout That$20.50
    (Denise Stewart, 2014) TB, 34-35 (87.25 cm), ML S. and style arms pristine white, ruffled; F. yellow plicata, ruby veins to edge and around beard; beards deep orange in throat, light orange in middle, white end; slight sweet fragrance. Ring Around Rosie X unknown.
  • Hubble Space Telescope - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Hubble Space Telescope$8.00
    (Barbara Wight, 1991) TB, SA, 29 inches (74 cm), EM S. ivory white; style arms white; F. ivory white, purple lines and dotting halfway down; beards yellow, tipped purple, sometimes with thin purple and white horn; slight sweet fragrance.
  • I Do - fragrant reblooming tall bearded Iris
    I Do$9.50
    (L. Zurbrigg, 1974) TB, 32 inches (81 cm), EM & RE (Sept-Oct in VA) S. white with slight cast of violet and greenish yellow, green at midrib; F. white with some green texture veining in center; white beard tipped pale yellow; ruffled. Reliable rebloom for us in zone 8. Reported to rebloom in zones 4 to 9. Fragrant Iris.
  • I I Stutter - fragrant reblooming tall bearded Iris
    I I Stutter$19.50
    (Douglas Kanarowski, 2012) TB, 41 inches (104 cm), VE-VL & RE S. medium wisteria-purple, luminata edge lightens to yellow-cream, deeper yellow at base; style arms yellow-cream with pale wisteria-purple wash; F. deep rich wisteria-purple with white luminata lines and edge, white around beard, hafts yellow-cream with brick plicata sanding; beards orange in throat, mid-lemon in center, ending in white; abundant ruffles; slight musky fragrance. (Clarence x Queen in Calico) x Flights of Fancy) X Daughter of Stars.
  • Iced Tea - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Iced Tea$8.00
    (Larry Lauer, 1994) TB, 36 inches (91 cm), M S. bronzed tan; F. violet, with veining, shaded bronzed tan on shoulders; beards gold, tipped bronze; slight fragrance. HM 1996.
  • Iceland - fragrant reblooming tall bearded Iris
    (Monty Byers,1991) TB, 35 inches (89 cm), EM & RE S. snow white; F. very pale glacial blue; beards blue white, tipped yellow; lightly ruffled. Reliable rebloom for us in zone 8. Reported to rebloom in zones 5 to 9. Sweet Fragrance
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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