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Iris ‘Barbara May’

Bearded iris

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Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

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Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Iris 'Barbara May'
  • Common name: Bearded iris
  • Family: Iridaceae
  • Plant Type: Bulb, Perennial, Evergreen
Flower colour:

Purple

Foliage colour:

Green

Bearded irises have ‘beards’ on each of the falls (lower petals) of the flowers. The flowers of Iris ‘Barbara May’ are lightly scented, and all petals are white with a thick purple margin. ‘Barbara May’ is ideal for growing in a mixed herbaceous border or gravel garden, and makes an excellent cut flower.

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For best results grow Iris ‘Barbara May’ in well-drained soil in full sun, and mulch with well-rotted manure or garden compost annually.

How to grow Iris 'Barbara May'

  • Plant size

    90cm height

    45cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Middle

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do Plant in July

Do Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Divide
Divide

Do not Divide in January

Do not Divide in February

Do not Divide in March

Do not Divide in April

Do not Divide in May

Do not Divide in June

Do Divide in July

Do Divide in August

Do not Divide in September

Do not Divide in October

Do not Divide in November

Do not Divide in December

Iris 'Barbara May' and wildlife

Iris 'Barbara May' is known for attracting bees. It has nectar/pollen rich flowers.

Attractive to Bees

Does not attract Beneficial insects

Does not attract Birds

Does not attract Butterflies​/​Moths

Does not attract Other pollinators

Is Iris 'Barbara May' poisonous?

Iris 'Barbara May' can be toxic.

Toxic to:

Toxic to Cats

Toxic to Dogs

Toxic to People

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

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