Dutch Iris Gypsy Beauty Iris 'Gypsy Beauty' (Dut)

☠ Toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
Dutch iris 'Gypsy Beauty'


Iris 'Gypsy Beauty' is a flower known for its striking blooms and graceful foliage. The plant exhibits sword-shaped leaves that are bright green in color, creating an upright and arching display. The leaves provide a contrasting backdrop to the flowers, which are the main attraction of this cultivar. The flowers of Iris 'Gypsy Beauty' are notably large and showy, with a classic irises shape that includes three upright petals known as standards, and three downward-curving petals named falls. The falls often exhibit a beard-like feature in the center, which can be fuzzy and provides a visual and textural interest. What truly sets the 'Gypsy Beauty' apart is the coloration of its blooms. The petals are a blend of various hues, which may include a mix of purple, lavender, blue, and burgundy tones. This colorful display is often complemented by intricate veining or speckles, adding depth to each petal's surface. Iris 'Gypsy Beauty' blooms in the late spring to early summer, proposing a dramatic display for several weeks. As a perennial, the plant will die back at the end of the growing season, only to return with vigor the following spring. This iris, while dormant in winter, becomes a source of anticipation for its magnificent floral spectacle every year.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Synonyms

      Gypsy Beauty Iris, Dutch Iris 'Gypsy Beauty'

    • Common names

      Iris 'Gypsy Beauty' (Dut).

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The Iris 'Gypsy Beauty', commonly known as Bearded Iris, can be toxic to humans if ingested. The rhizomes and bulbs are the plant parts that are most often associated with toxicity. Eating significant amounts of the plant material can lead to digestive discomfort, such as nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. The severity of the symptoms can vary based on the amount of plant material consumed. It is advisable to be cautious and avoid ingesting any part of the Bearded Iris.

    • To pets

      The Iris 'Gypsy Beauty', commonly known as Bearded Iris, is also toxic to pets. Similar to humans, the rhizomes and bulbs contain the highest concentrations of the toxic compounds. If a pet consumes parts of the Bearded Iris, it may experience symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, drooling, lethargy, and abdominal pain. Severe poisoning can potentially lead to more serious effects like gastrointestinal irritation or even, in extreme cases, organ damage. Therefore, it is crucial to prevent pets from chewing on or ingesting any part of the Bearded Iris plant.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      2-3 feet (0.6-0.9 meters)

    • Spread

      1-2 feet (0.3-0.6 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Vibrant Aesthetics: The Iris 'Gypsy Beauty' adds striking color with its vibrant purple and yellow blooms, which enhance the visual appeal of gardens and landscapes.
    • Ease of Care: This type of iris is relatively low maintenance, requiring minimal care once established, making it suitable for gardeners of various skill levels.
    • Pollinator Attraction: The flowers attract beneficial pollinators such as bees and butterflies, which contribute to the health of the garden ecosystem.
    • Seasonal Interest: Blooming in late spring to early summer, Iris 'Gypsy Beauty' provides a seasonal display that enlivens the garden when many other plants have not yet peaked or are already declining.
    • Drought Tolerance: Once established, these irises are fairly drought-tolerant, making them a good fit for gardens in regions with water restrictions or those looking to conserve water.
    • Soil Adaptability: They can tolerate a variety of soil conditions, although they prefer well-drained soils, which makes them versatile for different garden settings.
    • Low Disease Susceptibility: Iris 'Gypsy Beauty' is relatively resistant to many common garden pests and diseases, decreasing the need for chemical treatments.
    • Cut Flower Potential: The blooms make excellent cut flowers, allowing for decorative arrangements to be made for indoor enjoyment.
    • Dividing and Propagation: These irises can be propagated by dividing their rhizomes, making it easy to expand the garden or share with other gardeners.
    • Structural Interest: Their tall and slender foliage provides vertical interest in the garden, which can be used to create engaging garden compositions.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • As a natural dye: The petals of the Iris 'Gypsy Beauty' can be used to create natural dyes for fabrics, offering a range of colors from yellow to blue, depending on the mordant used.
    • In perfumery: The rhizomes of the Iris 'Gypsy Beauty,' similar to orris root, may be used in perfumery to provide a delicate and sophisticated fragrance.
    • As a flavoring agent: The dried root of the Iris 'Gypsy Beauty' can be used in small amounts to flavor liqueurs or other alcoholic beverages.
    • In artistic representations: Iris 'Gypsy Beauty' can serve as a muse for artists and photographers due to its striking form and color, thus being featured in various art pieces.
    • In paper making: The fibers from Iris 'Gypsy Beauty' leaves can potentially be used in paper making, contributing texture and decorative elements to handmade papers.
    • For educational purposes: Iris 'Gypsy Beauty' can be used to teach botany and horticulture students about plant hybridization and gardening techniques.
    • As a natural pest deterrent: The Iris 'Gypsy Beauty' can be planted among vegetables and fruits to help repel certain types of pests, due to its strong scent.
    • In aromatherapy: The scent of the Iris 'Gypsy Beauty' flower might be used in aromatherapy practices to help with relaxation and stress relief.
    • In ceremonies: The striking appearance of Iris 'Gypsy Beauty' makes it an appropriate choice for use in ceremonial and celebratory bouquets or decorations.
    • As a muse in literature: The beauty and characteristics of Iris 'Gypsy Beauty' may inspire poets and writers, leading to its inclusion in literary works.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Iris is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Iris is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Hope: The iris often symbolizes hope, reflecting its role in heralding the spring with its vibrant blooms.
    • Faith: In many cultures, the iris is seen as a symbol of faith, representing belief in something beyond the physical world.
    • Wisdom: The flower's name is tied to the Greek goddess Iris, who is associated with communication, messages, and wisdom.
    • Purity: With its intricate and delicate structure, the iris can represent purity and innocence.
    • Courage: The iris stands tall and proud; it has come to symbolize courage in the face of adversity.
    • Royalty: Historically, the iris has been associated with royalty and noble bearing, partly due to its majestic appearance.

Every 7-10 days
500 - 2500 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Late Summer to Early Fall
Not needed
  • water dropWater

    Bearded Irises, including 'Gypsy Beauty', prefer to be watered deeply to encourage deep root growth, but they do not need frequent watering once established. During the active growth season in spring and early summer, water them about once a week, providing about 1 to 2 gallons per square yard of soil depending on weather conditions. After blooming, reduce watering to every two weeks unless there is significant rainfall. Irises require less water during their dormant period in late summer to fall, and overwatering during this time can cause rhizomes to rot. Ensure that the soil drains well and does not stay waterlogged.

  • sunLight

    Bearded Irises, including 'Gypsy Beauty', thrive in full sunlight. They need a minimum of six hours of direct sun per day to bloom well. The ideal spot for planting these irises would be an area that receives full sun throughout the day. However, in extremely hot climates, some afternoon shade is beneficial to prevent burning of the blooms and foliage.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Bearded Irises, such as 'Gypsy Beauty', enjoy temperate climates and can tolerate a temperature range from 10°F during winter dormancy up to 90°F in the growing season. They require a period of cold dormancy to bloom and thus are suited to climates with a distinct winter season. The ideal growing temperatures for these Irises lie between 55°F to 75°F.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning, or more accurately, deadheading of Bearded Irises like 'Gypsy Beauty', involves removing spent flower stalks after blooming. This is done to prevent seed formation and to maintain a tidy appearance. Cutting down the entire foliage is not recommended, as the leaves nourish the rhizomes for the next year. Pruning should be done annually, once the bloom period has finished.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The best soil mix for the bearded iris, commonly known as Iris 'Gypsy Beauty', should be well-draining, loamy to sandy in composition, and slightly acidic to neutral with a pH of 6.8 to 7.0. A mixture of two parts loam, one part sand or perlite, and one part well-rotted compost or aged manure will support healthy growth.

  • plantRepotting

    Bearded irises, including Iris 'Gypsy Beauty', typically do not need frequent repotting as they are usually grown outdoors. However, they should be divided and replanted every 3 to 5 years to prevent overcrowding and to rejuvenate the plant's vitality.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Bearded irises, such as Iris 'Gypsy Beauty', are tolerant of a range of humidity conditions and do not require high humidity levels. They thrive in outdoor humidity levels which generally reflect the ambient conditions of the climate in which they are grown.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Ensure full sun exposure and well-draining soil for indoor growth.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in full sun, well-draining soil, divide every 3-5 years.

    • Hardiness zone

      3-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Iris 'Gypsy Beauty', commonly known as Bearded Iris, begins its life cycle as a dormant rhizome, which is planted in the ground in late summer to early fall. As temperatures warm in spring, the rhizome sprouts roots and shoots, leading to the formation of sword-like leaves and a flower stalk. In late spring to early summer, distinctive colorful blooms emerge, each blossom typically lasting one day, with multiple buds ensuring a prolonged flowering period. After blooming, the plant focuses on photosynthesis and energy storage, developing thicker rhizomes and sometimes producing offsets or "pups." The foliage may die back in the heat of summer or persist until frost, at which point the plant enters dormancy. To complete its annual life cycle, the Bearded Iris requires a period of cold dormancy before it can rebloom the following season.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Late Summer to Early Fall

    • Iris 'Gypsy Beauty', commonly known as Dutch Iris, is most commonly propagated through division. This method involves separating the mature bulbs, which are called rhizomes, when they become overcrowded, typically every 3 to 5 years. The best time to divide and replant the bulbs is in late summer to early fall, after the plants have finished blooming and the foliage has died back. To propagate by division, carefully dig up the clumps of bulbs and gently separate them by hand, discarding any that are damaged or diseased. Replant the healthy bulbs about 4 inches apart and at a depth about twice the height of the bulb, roughly 3 to 4 inches deep (7.6 to 10.2 cm). Ensure the new location has well-draining soil and sufficient sunlight for the irises to thrive the following season.