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German Iris Play with Fire

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German Iris Play with Fire

With an exotic look that belies their domesticated roots, German Iris are among the most popular seasonal blooms in North America. Our new midseason offering, Play with Fire, is cloaked in a rich, deep red color that really pops in the landscape… no matter where it is situated. In fact, it is one of the best reds we've seen in all our years of bulb cultivation. The prolific plant produces up to 10 heavily ruffled, 5" iris flowers on each well-branched stem. With such an abundance of blooms, Play with Fire can easily fill a sunny garden bed with just a few rhizomes in the ground. Grows to 36" tall, perfect for borders or even in mass plantings.
  • Hardiness Zones 4-9
  • Mature Height 36 inches
  • Bloom Time Midseason flowering. (Mid May)
  • Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
  • Deer Resistant
  • Cut Flower
  • Naturalizes Well

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Botanical Name: Iris germanica 'Play With Fire'

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Product Details

  • Restricted States US:

    AE AK GU HI PR VI
  • Botanical Name :

    Iris germanica 'Play With Fire'
  • Ship As :

    Bare Root
  • Size :

    NO.1
  • Suggested Uses:

    Borders, Bouquets, Cut Flowers, Perennializing, Showy Flowers
  • Flower Color :

    red
  • Flower Form :

    5" ruffled flowers.
  • Foliage Type :

    Glaucous-green, sword-like fans of stiff upright leaves with some dying back in colder climates in winter.
  • Mature Spread :

    18 - 24 inches
  • Spacing:

    24 inches

Growing Tips

  • Planting Instructions :

    Set rhizome so bottom half is below ground level. Firm well and water thoroughly. Plant where they will get at least 5 hours of sun per day.
  • Soil Moisture :

    Well drained preferred. Quite tolerant of a wide range of soils.
  • Will Tolerate :

    Acidic Soil, Clay Soil, Loamy Soil, Sandy Soil
  • Pruning Instructions :

    Remove spent flower stems after blooming. In late fall; cut back foliage to 6" fans. Clean plant debris before winter to prevent borers overwintering.
  • Winter Care :

    Mulch in colder climates and remove in early spring before growth starts.
  • Planting Depth :

    Set rhizome so bottom half is below ground level.
  • Watering Requirements :

    Average water needs. Water regularly, do not overwater
  • Fertilization Requirements :

    Once per year in the spring
  • Special Care :

    Not needed

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Shipping Information

K. van Bourgondien times its shipments from Holland so that bulbs arrive at the proper planting time (depending on climatic conditions) for each area of North America.

We take advance reservations, and then just as soon as the crops are harvested, our staff of K. van Bourgondien experts makes an on-the-spot selection of the finest bulbs available to fill those reservations.

We will pack and ship your order based on the following schedules.


       Fall 2019 Shipping Schedule

  • Bulbs and Perennials
    Zones First day to ship Last day to order
    All 9/16/2019 12/09/2019

  • Iris
    Zones First day to ship Last day to order
    1A-7A 8/12/2019 10/28/2019
    7B-10B 8/19/2019 11/11/2019

  • Amaryllis and Paperwhites
    Zones First day to ship Last day to order
    All Zones 10/07/2019 12/23/2019


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Orders for gift certificates will be shipped immediately.

Due to hot weather conditions, we are unable to ship any plant items from late June through August. General merchandise will be shipped with your plant order.

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Please note that we cannot ship outside of the 48 contiguous states.


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