bearded iris


: any of numerous wild or cultivated irises with a growth of short hairs on each fall

Examples of bearded iris in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The most popular kind of iris, the bearded iris is equally as easy to care for. Kate McGregor, House Beautiful, 2 Aug. 2023 Look for Again and Again, a bearded iris with soft yellow blooms, or Blue Temptation, a bearded iris with soft purplish-blue blooms, among many others at the Bulb Gardens. Sheryl Devore,, 12 May 2021 Not as cold hardy as bearded irises, this iris is evergreen in zones 7-9. Quincy Bulin, Southern Living, 7 June 2023 Add different sizes and colors of bearded iris to your garden, and talk with club members about lifting, dividing and care. oregonlive, 19 Aug. 2022 Beyond that, try one or two each of black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia), bearded iris (Iris Germanica), butterfly-weed (Asclepias tuberosa), lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), artemisia, and rosemary as a test. Carol Stocker,, 31 July 2022 Many of us have fond memories of wonderful bearded iris that were likely the type growing at your mom’s home. Tom MacCubbin,, 23 Oct. 2021 Regretfully, some plants have to be left behind as Florida does not provide the cold needed for bearded iris. Tom MacCubbin,, 23 Oct. 2021 Most people are familiar with the bearded iris of mid- to late-spring, and may know the lanky bulbous Dutch iris of early spring. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, 20 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use

1757, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bearded iris was in 1757

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“Bearded iris.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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