Iris 'George'
Iris 'George'
Iris 'George'
Iris 'George'
Iris 'George'
Iris 'George'
Iris 'George'
Iris 'George'

Iris 'George'

"Purple dwarf iris"

Iris 'George'

40 bulbs — £8.90

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Orders placed before 1 September 2024
You can expect your order in August/September

Orders placed 1 September - 15 October 2024
You can expect your order in September/October

Orders placed 16 October - 15 December 2024
You can expect your order within 10 business days

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If you haven’t yet introduced 'George' to your garden—now’s the time! In early spring, you just can’t miss the exquisite detail of this beautiful Iris reticulata. Iris histrioides 'George' is a truly lovely little variety, welcoming spring with its luxurious blooms and heavenly fragrance each year. Plant the bulbs in groups in containers or borders to create delightful pockets of colour which will emerge from February onwards.

Iris reticulata are among the earliest bulbs to flower in the spring, with a bloom very similar to that of summer-flowering iris varieties, but on an intricate, miniature scale. As with any Iris reticulata, dwarf Iris 'George' looks great in an alpine setting, among rockeries, in gravel gardens or in old-fashioned stone containers. It’s fully hardy and easy to grow – simply plant the bulbs in the autumn and look forward to their welcome appearance a few months later.

As species types, they have a good chance of settling in to your garden, but dwarf iris do need well drained soil and relatively dry conditions in dormancy. Even if they were only to last a year, you’d consider planting them to have been more than worthwhile. Mass them for a splendid effect or combine them with snowdrops for a symphony in purple and white.

Key features

  • Perfect for pots

  • Comes back every year

  • Loved by pollinators

  • Naturalising

  • Thrives well in full sun

  • Packed in paper bags

  • Low maintenance

  • RHS Award (AGM)

  • Fully hardy

  • Rodent resistant

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Iris reticulata 'George'

  • Flower colour


  • Bulb size


  • Established height


  • Established spread


  • Plant spacing

    120 bulbs per m2

  • Leaf colour


  • Habit


  • Life cycle


  • Hardiness

    Fully hardy

  • Years to establish

    1st year

  • Sunlight

    Full sun

  • Position


  • Suitable for

    Large containers
    Gravel gardens
    Coastal gardens
    Cottage gardens
    Low maintenance gardens

  • Soil acidity


  • Soil moisture

    Free draining

  • Soil type

    Loam-based compost
    Multipurpose compost

  • RHS Award (AGM)


  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented


  • Pollinator-friendly


  • Mouse resistant


  • Rabbit resistant


  • Deer resistant


  • Toxicity

    Skin/eyes irritant
    Harmful if eaten

Plant calendar

  • Planting
  • Flowering

Useful information

    • Plant your Iris 'George' bulbs from mid to late autumn;

    • Plant in borders or containers in sun or partial shade;

    • Plant your "Purple dwarf iris" bulbs two to three times as deep as the bulb is high;

    • Space the bulbs about twice the bulb diameter apart;

    • Place the Iris 'George' bulbs with the pointed side facing upwards.

    Read all planting & care instructions

  • Orders placed before 1 September 2024
    You can expect your order in September 2024

    Orders placed 1 September - 15 October 2024
    You can expect your order in October 2024

    Orders placed 16 October - 15 December 2024
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

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