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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  • IdidIt - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    (Oscar Schick, 1997) TB, 36-38 inches (91-97 cm), M S. dark lavender, lightly blended rusty lavender at edge; style arms light rusty lavender; F. dark lavender edged rusty lavender, shoulders rusty brown; beards mustard yellow; lightly ruffled; slight musky fragrance. HM 2001.
  • Immortality - fragrant reblooming tall bearded Iris
    (Zurbrigg 1982) TB RE 30 inches (76 cm), M. White Immortality isn't the ordinary white Iris. It is a favorite of Iris lovers the world over. It has won both top awards and the esteem of gardeners. Its flowers are wonderful. They are medium sized with good form and a pure, satiny white coloring. The beard is a light lemon. It is also a fragrant Iris with a sweet scent that makes them doubly enjoyable as a cut flower. Reliable rebloom for us in zone 8. Reported to rebloom in zones 3 to 9. HM 1986 AM 1990
  • Impulsive - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    (Joseph Ghio 2001) TB, 35 inches (89 cm), M S. white, midrib infused deep orange; style arms orange; F. burnt orange, deeper orange texture veining, faint beetroot purple speckles near tip; beards deep orange, wide; pronounced sweet fragrance. HM 2003.
  • Inca Rose - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Inca Rose$15.00
    (Oscar Schick, 2002) TB, 36 inches (91 cm), M S. beige rose, base deeper; style arms golden orange; F. beige rose at shoulders blending to caramel, lightening toward center; beards light orange, dark orange in throat; lightly ruffled; slight spicy fragrance. Soaring Spirit X Island Dancer.HM 2006.
  • Indigo Princess - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Indigo Princess$8.25$7.50
    (Schreiner, 1992) TB, 39 inches (99 cm), ML Ruffled deep violet; beards yellow, tipped blue. HM 1994, AM 1997. Orange blossom fragrance.
  • Irish Cream - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Irish Cream$21.00
    (George Sutton, 2005) TB, 37 inches (94 cm), ML S. silver white, hint of pale sea lavender; style arms silver white; F. silver white, cream green veining; beards white tipped pale yellow; bubble ruffled; slight spicy fragrance.
  • Iron Eagle - fragrant reblooming tall bearded Iris
    Iron Eagle$8.00
    (G. Sutton,2000) TB SA, 37 inches (94 cm), ML & RE S. off-white, antique gold midrib; style arms pale lavender white; F. pale lavender white, near light grey; beards antique gold, confederate blue base and horn; slight musky fragrance. Cloud Baron X Dashing. Sporatic rebloom for us in zone 8. Reported to rebloom in zones 8, and 9.
  • Istanbul - fragrant reblooming tall bearded Iris
    (Monty Byers, 1990) TB, 34 inches (86 cm), M & RE S. clear tuscan yellow; F. warm white with yellow glow at hafts, overlaid with deep bright red purple stripes over upper third which then soften considerably, culminating in narrow pale reddish stitched edge with hint of tan; indian yellow beard; ruffled; slight spicy/musky fragrance. Reliable rebloom for us in zone 8. Reported to rebloom in zones 5 to 9.
  • Italic Light - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Italic Light$18.25
    (Schreiner, 2012) TB, 36 (91 cm), L S. and F. open lavender, lightens to lighter lavender; beards orange in throat, white in middle and end; slight fragrance.
  • Janie Meek - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Janie Meek$8.25
    (J.Meek 1987) TB 32 inches (81 cm), M S-soft pink F-orchid lavender,lighter around red B;slight fragrance
  • Jean Guymer - fragrant reblooming tall bearded Iris
    Jean Guymer$10.50
    (Zurbrigg 1977) TB RE 36 inches (91 cm), Lightly ruffled apricot pink self. Reliable rebloom for us in zone 8. Reported to rebloom in zones 5 to 9. Fragrant Iris.
  • John - fragrant Intermediate bearded Iris
    (Allan Ensminger, 1990) IB, 26 inches (66 cm), E-L S. chocolate brown, yellow midrib; brown style arms; F. straw yellow; yellow beard; slight fragrance. People Pleaser X Hula Dancer. HM 1992, AM 1994
  • Joy Junction - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Joy Junction$8.25$7.50
    (Tom Burseen, 1993) TB, 33 inches (84 cm), EM S. tan, blended purple; F. white, 1 inches brilliant washed red purple edge; beards yellow, tipped lavender; ruffled; sweet fragrance.
  • Jurassic Park - fragrant reblooming tall bearded Iris
    Jurassic Park$17.75
    (Larry Lauer, 1995) TB, 36 inches (91 cm), EM S. and style arms canary yellow; F. blended lavender blue purple, yellow veining and edging; beards yellow, tipped blue purple; slight sweet fragrance. HM 1997, AM 1999, Wister 2002.
    Very limited supply. Order soon.
  • Kevin's Theme - fragrant reblooming tall bearded Iris
    Kevin's Theme$8.25$7.50
    (Frederick Kerr, 1993) TB, 38 inches (97 cm), ML S. ivory yellow with blue violet center flush; F. blue violet, lightening to white around beard; beards yellow, tipped blue violet; ruffled; slight musky fragrance. HM 1997, AM 2001.
  • Kid's Clothes - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Kid's Clothes$8.00
    (Tom Burseen, 1994) TB, 34 inches (86 cm), ML S. tannish orange, serrate; F. white ground with red purple speckling more concentrated toward red purple edge; beards mustard, tipped orange; ruffled; musky fragrance.
  • Kim's Melody - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Kim's Melody$10.50
    (Richard Ernst, 2000) TB, 37" (94 cm), M Violet, F. blended white around beard; beards white, yellow in throat; slight sweet fragrance.
  • Kiss of Kisses - fragrant reblooming tall bearded Iris
    Kiss of Kisses$16.00
    (Frederick Kerr, 1997) TB, 35 inches (89 cm), M & RE S. lemon yellow; style arms yellow; F. white, wide yellow hafts, 1/4 inches dark reddish edge infusing and lightening toward center to form 1 inches band; beards medium yellow; slight musky fragrance. Sporatic rebloom for us in zone 8.
  • La Mer - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    La Mer$9.50
    (Gerald Richardson, 1994) TB, 37 inches (94 cm), EM S. pale blue white; F. light blue, fading smoothly to pale blue rim; beards blue white; slight fragrance. HM 1998.
  • La Troienne - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    La Troienne$10.00
    (Bruce Filardi, 2011) TB, 38" (97 cm), M S. white almost completely covered with bright dark purple plicata markings; style arms bright dark purple; F. shiny, waxy pure white ground narrowly edged. pale yellow oval spot on shoulder when fresh; beards white tipped mixture of muted gold and purple; ruffled, laced; slight spicy fragrance. Art Deco X Harvest Butterfly.
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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