Iris 'Purplelicious'
Iris 'Purplelicious'

Iris 'Purplelicious'

"Siberian iris"

Iris 'Purplelicious'

3 bare roots — £3.45

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You can expect your order in March 2024

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You can expect your order within 10 business days

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Garden trends come and go, but the passion for intensely dark flowers is here to stay! This glamorous Iris sibirica 'Purplelicious' is one of the deepest purple Siberian iris we’ve seen. If you're seeking enigmatic, shadowy varieties to bring contrast to late spring borders, look no further. From May to June, the pointed buds of this beauty will appear on stiffly upright stems, erupting in an opulence of rich amethyst petals. Dark veins create a fascinating tracery across each velvety bloom, and the base of each petal splashed with glimmering indigo for a head-turning contrast. The slender, grassy foliage of Iris sibirica 'Purplelicious' forms an understated backdrop, so you can focus entirely on the extravagant flower-heads which make striking cut flowers.  

Plant this hardy, clump-forming perennial in damp borders which won't dry out in summer, although its best to avoid poorly drained or waterlogged soils. Choose a sunny position where its jewel-like colours can really shine. Despite its luxuriant appearance, Iris sibirica 'Purplelicious', is no diva in the border. A quick tidy up at the end of the season is all that’s required to keep this undemanding perennial happy. Over the years it will form a dense clump which can be divided when it becomes overcrowded. Reaching around 75cm tall, this glitzy Siberian iris makes a showy choice for waterside plantings, of mingling among a froth of early summer perennials where its upright stature adds useful structure to planting schemes.

Key features

  • Good for cutting

  • Perfect for pots

  • Comes back every year

  • Loved by pollinators

  • Naturalising

  • Thrives well in full sun

  • In peat-free compost

  • Low maintenance

  • Fully hardy

  • Rodent resistant

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Iris sibirica 'Purplelicious' (Sib)

  • Flower colour

    Deepest purple

  • Plant size


  • Established height


  • Established spread


  • Plant spacing

    100 plants per m2

  • Leaf colour


  • Habit


  • Life cycle


  • Hardiness

    Fully hardy

  • Years to establish

    1-2 years

  • Sunlight

    Full sun
    Partial shade

  • Position


  • Suitable for

    Large containers
    Water gardens
    Coastal gardens
    Low maintenance gardens
    Cut flower gardens

  • Soil acidity


  • Soil moisture


  • Soil type

    Loam-based compost
    Multipurpose compost

  • 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

    • Soak your Iris 'Purplelicious' roots in water for 3-6 hours prior to planting.

    • Plant your "Siberian iris" bare roots into temporary pots with a multipurpose compost in spring and grow-on in a sheltered spot outdoors.

    • Choose a pot which comfortably fits the bare roots. Some have a noticeable crown which should be just below the soil surface with any top growth exposed.

    • Plant out into borders or permanent containers in late spring or early summer once in full growth. Choose a position in sun or shade depending on the variety.

    Read all planting & care instructions

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

    Orders placed 1 March - 15 April 2024
    You can expect your order in April 2024

    Orders placed 16 April - 15 May 2024
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

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