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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  • Aardvark Antickz - fragrant Intermediate bearded Iris
    Aardvark Antickz$7.25
    (Kasperek 1999) IB, 21 inches (53 cm), M Lightly ruffled gold and tan blend tinged greyed yellow, lightly peppered greyed purple, with white inclusions; style arms yellow, midrib purple; beards orange; broken color pattern; pronounced musky fragrance. Quicken X Gnus Flash. HM 2002
  • Aaron's Dagger - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Aaron's Dagger$8.25
    (G.Sutton 1995) TB 37 inches (94 cm), EM SA Red violet self B-orange & violet,fuzzy violet horn;slight sweet fragrance
  • Aaron's Dream - tall bearded Iris - fragrant reblooming tall bearded Iris
    Aaron's Dream$13.00
    (G. Sutton 1994) TB RE 37 inches (94 cm), EML. Ruffled semi-flared pale blue, almost white self; mid blue beards.

    Reliable rebloom for us in zone 8. Reported to rebloom in zones 8 and 9.

    Late rebloom. Fragrant Iris.
  • Abby Grace - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Abby Grace$12.00
    (David Headrick,2001) TB, 40 inches (102 cm), M S. deep royal purple; style arms royal purple; F. velvety purple black, shoulders blended red brown; beards deep blue at end, yellow in throat; lightly ruffled; slight sweet fragrance. Lady Friend X Hello Darkness.
  • Ace Royale - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Ace Royale$12.00$8.50
    (Barry Blyth, 1998). TB, 38 inches (97 cm), M S-opalescent pinkish cream-white F-plum burgundy B-chocolate bronze;fragrant
  • Acoma - fragrant reblooming tall bearded Iris
    (McGee '90) TB, 30 inches (71 cm), E Sky blue standards with darker blue/violet plicata markings on ivory falls. Very popular Iris with multiple awards. Orange blossom fragrance. 1990 HM 1992, AM 1994, Wister 1997
  • After The Dawn - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    After The Dawn$7.25
    (R.Ernst 1995) TB 36 inches (91 cm), M S-violet-peach,darker violet midrib F-peach yellow,caramel shoulders,white center;fragrant HM 1997
  • Afternoon Delight - fragrant reblooming tall bearded Iris
    Afternoon Delight$11.00
    (Ernst 1985) TB 36 inches (91 cm), M The standards are a beautiful tan and the falls are lavender. It produces many flowers and is a very good grower. HM 1989 AM 1993
    Sweet fragrance.
  • Again and Again - fragrant reblooming tall bearded Iris
    Again and Again$17.75
    (Sterling Innerst, 1999) TB 36 inches (91 cm) M & RE. Excellent Rebloomer! This is a continuous rebloomer and is one of our best rebloomers. Stands light medium yellow with medium yellow falls with white spray pattern around white beard changing to yellow in throat. This is a very large flower. Slight sweet fragrance. Renown X Anxious. Reliable multiple rebloom for us in zone 8. Reported to rebloom in zones 4 to 9.
  • Aggressively Forward - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Aggressively Forward$8.00
    (Sterling Innerst, 1995) TB, 36 inches (91 cm), M Yellow ground plicata F-trimmed blue purple,black dart under bronze yellow B;fragrant.
  • Ain't Misbehavin' - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Ain't Misbehavin'$9.50
    (R.Ernst 1995) TB 37 inches (94 cm), M S-red violet-blue violet F-violet,blended white,bluish center stripe B-orange-blue. Pronunced sweet fragrance. HM 1998
  • Alene's New Love - fragrant SDB Standard Dwarf Bearded
    Alene's New Love$13.00
    (Walt Dean, 2001) SDB, 10-11 inches (25-28 cm), M Light rose purple , small white dart below bright lavender beard; slight musky fragrance. Alene's Other Love X Chanted.
  • Alentejo - fragrant Intermediate bearded Iris
    (Cy Bartlett, 2000) IB, 20 inches (51 cm), M S. white, blended pale yellow, midrib veined yellow, inner base dotted brown; style arms white, blended yellow; F. yellow, sanded, dotted and veined brown; beards bright golden yellow; heavily ruffled; sweet fragrance. Eyebright X Brandy Sipper.
  • Alizes - fragrant reblooming tall bearded Iris
    (Jean Cayeux 1991) TB 33 inches (84 cm) EM. S. pure crystalline white; F. medium blue with white center; beards yellow. Sweet fragrance. RHS Award of garden merit 2000
  • All American - fragrant reblooming tall bearded Iris
    All American$8.00
    (Byers 1992) TB 31 inches (79 cm), M & RE The standards are light blue and the falls are glacial white; red beards. Sporadic rebloom for us in zone 8. Reported to rebloom in zones 7, 8, and 9. Pronounced sweet fragrance.
  • Almaden - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    (Maryott 1990) TB 36 inches (91 cm) M. Lightly ruffled dark smooth red maroon; beards dark maroon red; slight sweet fragrance. Fragrant Iris HM 1992
  • Almost Paradise - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Almost Paradise$7.75
    (R.Ernst 1993) TB, 35 inches (89 cm), M S-creamy pink F-raspberry purple B-bright orange;fragratn
  • Alpha Gnu - fragrant reblooming SPEC-X - species hybrid
    Alpha Gnu$8.00
    (Brad Kasperek, 1999) SPEC-X, 22 inches (56 cm), VE Red violet streaked silver white,styles violet lavender B-yellow,broken pattern; fragrant.HM 2002, HM 2003, AM 2005, Ran-P 2008.
  • Altered States - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    Altered States$9.50
    (Burseen 1997) TB 36 inches (91 cm), M. The standards are white ground, purple streaks and the falls are white, dotted, blotched purple. Fragrant Iris.
  • Amaryllis - fragrant tall bearded Iris
    (Ruth Goebel,1995) TB, 27 inches (69 cm), M S. none; lacy style arms; F. chinese yellow shaded pink, blue and bronze; pronounced sweet fragrance. Mount Spokane X (Tillamook x self). Amarllis is a true novelty Iris in that it does not have Stand but 6 Falls.
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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