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Iris bearded 'Frequent Flyer' | Frequent Flyer Bearded Iris

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Family: Iridaceae


Iris 'Frequent Flyer' is an especially vigorous tall bearded iris variety that blooms up to 5 times per year. In coastal California, the ruffled white blooms on 30 to 36 inch tall stalks can appear any month, with winter bloom lasting for months on established clumps. Low chill requirement. Tall Bearded Irises are durable perennials with stunning blooms and handsome silvery grey-green foliage that can survive 3 summer months with no irrigation. In Southern California, they are far more heat/drought tolerant than our native irises. Some varieties can bloom 5 times/year. Tall bearded irises prefer average garden conditions with at least a half day equivalent of full sun. Avoid heavy, soggy summer soils, full shade and poor air circulation. In areas with little frost, use low-chill varieties. Plant with succulents and California natives, with more traditional perennials, in large containers or rooftop gardens. They thrive in bioswales/rain gardens and tolerate salty soils, wind and deer. Our most popular iris. Handsome gray green foliage on vigorous clumps. Ruffled white blooms with pale lemon beards and a clean fragrance. Cut stems of 'Frequent Flyer' have flown on a Rose Parade float! Multiple rebloom cycles each year.  Information by: John Schoustra 562-755-1413


Plant Type


Height Range


Width Range


Flower Color


Flower Season

Spring, Summer, Fall

Leaf Color

Green, Grey Green

Bark Color


Fruit Color


Fruit Season




Full, Half



Growth Rate


Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular

Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Poor, Well-drained, Dry

Soil pH


Adverse Factors


Sunset Zones

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24




Salt Ocean Spray, Heat, Saline Soil, Windy Conditions, Smog, Oak Root Fungus, Deer, Rabbits, Verticillium, Alkaline Soil


Design Styles

English Cottage, Formal, Japanese, Meadow, Mediterranean, Ranch, Seascape, Spanish, Wild Garden, Woodland

Accenting Features

Fall Color, Fragrance, Showy Flowers, Silhouette, Specimen

Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer, Fall

Location Uses

Entry, Perennial Border, Foundation, Parking Strip, Patio, Park, Parking Lot, Raised Planter, Swimming Pool, Walkways, With Rocks

Special Uses

Container, Cut Flowers, Erosion Control, Filler, Mass Planting, Wind Break, Fire Resistant, Naturalizing, Small Spaces

Attracts Wildlife

Hummingbirds, Butterflies, Wildlife







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