Dwarf Bearded Iris 'Open Your Eyes'

Dwarf Bearded Iris 'Open Your Eyes'

A real eye opener.

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Bright white with deep blue stains on the falls and hints of blue in the standards. The flowers have a white beard and good substance. It has a strong, sweet perfume. It is a cross of ‘Ajax the Less’ and ‘Big Blue Eyes’.

It holds the prestigious Award of Merit from the American Iris Society. In 2016 it won the Societies highest award for standard dwarf bearded iris, The Cook-Douglas Medal. It is a mid to late season bloomer.

Dwarf Bearded Iris are easy care and will bring plenty of colour to your beds. Their late spring show bridges the gap between the spring and summer blooms. In ideal conditions they can be in bloom for a month or more, beginning just as the tulips are fading. They can even spot flower through the year.

The sword like, blue green foliage of Dwarf Bearded Iris opens in a fan shape, it stands tall and is a handsome feature year round. In some climates they are semi evergreen, so when the leaves start to look a little lack lustre, just cut them right back, new ones will soon re-shoot.

Dwarf Bearded Iris will thrive in any well drained soil in a sunny position (6-8 hours), and will flower better with frost. Plant your Dwarf Bearded Iris rhizome at the soil surface, with the top exposed (at the point where the green growth starts). The rhizome should be kept clear of other plants and weeds for best blooms. Water to establish, then only if rainfall is low. An annual application of rose/tomato/low nitrogen fertiliser in early spring will keep them happy. It is best to ensure you protect your plants from slugs and snails.

Bearded Iris grow well in VIC, TAS, SA, the south of WA and inland Qld and NSW. They don’t enjoy the humidity of coastal zones north of Sydney and the winters are not cold enough.
Dwarf Bearded Iris make an excellent companion plant for roses.

Supplied as: Pots
Size: 7.5 cm



Botantical name

Iris pallida






Spring to Summer


Cool to Sub-Tropical


Australia wide

Frost hardiness



Full Sun

Supplied as



7.5 cm

Water needs