Spuria Iris Iris 'Belise' (Spuria)

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


Iris 'Belise', belonging to the Spuria Iris group, showcases striking flowers that are a beautiful blend of colors—typically with a golden yellow or creamy white base marked with rich purplish accents, or hues ranging from violet to reddish-purple. Each bloom may exhibit a unique combination, with lighter or darker shades highlighting their ruffled petals. The falls—the three lower petals—are often adorned with a bright patch of color or a distinct pattern, which can include spots, veining, or a contrasting border, enhancing their ornamental appeal. The plant produces these ornamental blooms atop slender, sturdy stalks that rise gracefully amidst the foliage. The leaves are long, slender, and sword-like, creating a fan-like arrangement that adds texture and greenery to the garden. Iris 'Belise' typically has a lengthy blooming season, offering its display of flowers that can potentially attract pollinators such as bees and hummingbirds. As a clump-forming perennial, this iris type gradually expands over time, although it does so without becoming invasive, making it a manageable and eye-catching addition to perennial borders, water features, or as an accent plant in the landscape.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Belise Spuria Iris, Spuria Iris

    • Common names

      Iris 'Belise'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Spuria iris, such as the Iris 'Belise', may contain compounds that can be toxic if ingested. These plants have been known to contain irisin, iridin, or irisine, which are glycosides that can lead to gastrointestinal symptoms if consumed by humans. Common symptoms of iris poisoning may include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Severe cases can also involve lethargy and even elevated heart rates. Handling the plant, especially repeatedly or with bare hands, can sometimes cause skin irritation. It is generally advisable to avoid ingesting any parts of the plant and to wear gloves when handling it to prevent any potential skin irritation.

    • To pets

      Spuria iris, including Iris 'Belise', is considered toxic to pets as they contain irritating substances known as irisin, iridin, or irisine. When pets ingest parts of the spuria iris, they might exhibit signs of poisoning which can include drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, or abdominal pain. In more severe instances, pets might also experience lethargy or an increase in heart rate. To avoid the risk of poisoning, it is recommended to prevent pets from chewing on or consuming any part of the plant.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      3-4 feet (91-122 cm)

    • Spread

      2-3 feet (61-91 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aesthetic Appeal: Iris 'Belise' provides colorful and striking blooms that enhance the beauty of gardens and landscapes.
    • Easy Maintenance: This plant is known for being low-maintenance, requiring minimal care once established.
    • Drought Tolerance: Spuria Irises, such as the 'Belise' variety, are often drought-resistant, making them suitable for xeriscaping.
    • Soil Adaptability: They can adapt to a variety of soil conditions, though they prefer well-drained soils.
    • Attracts Pollinators: The flowers can attract bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects, promoting biodiversity.
    • Long Blooming Period: Spuria Irises typically have a long blooming season, offering extended periods of visual interest.
    • Deer Resistance: These plants are generally resistant to deer, which can be beneficial in areas with large deer populations.
    • Versatility in Landscaping: Iris 'Belise' can be used in various garden settings, including borders, water margins, and as cut flowers.

  • 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

    • Decorative art and crafts: Iris 'Belise' petals can be used in pressed flower art due to their unique shape and color, providing an aesthetic appeal to handmade cards and bookmarks.
    • Photographic subjects: Gardeners and photographers might specifically cultivate Iris 'Belise' to capture its beauty and distinct form in professional horticultural photography or as subjects for botanical illustrators.
    • Eco-friendly dye: The petals of the Iris 'Belise' can be boiled to extract natural dyes for fabrics or paper, offering a sustainable alternative to synthetic dyes.
    • Fragrance sourcing: Although Irises are not famous for their fragrance, some species or hybrids can be used to create subtle fragrances for perfumes or scented oils.
    • Educational model: Its unique anatomy can be used in biology classes for educational purposes to study the structure and reproductive mechanisms of flowering plants.
    • Garden themes: Iris 'Belise' can be planted to create specific garden themes, such as 'Monet's Garden' or a purple color-themed garden, for landscape designers.
    • Culinary decoration: Petals of the Iris 'Belise', if confirmed edible by experts, can be used as a delicate garnish for desserts and cocktails for an added touch of elegance.
    • Cultural symbols: Irises often symbolize wisdom, hope, and valor; the Iris 'Belise' might be included in cultural festivals or events as a representation of these qualities.
    • Wildlife attraction: Certain species of Irises, if compatible with local wildlife, can provide nectar for bees and butterflies, serving as a beneficial addition to the garden ecology.
    • Floral arranging classes: Due to its structural form and height, Iris 'Belise' can be highlighted in floral design courses as an example of how to build visually striking arrangements.

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

    • Faith: The iris commonly signifies faith, reflecting the trust and belief in something unseen.
    • Hope: The presence of an iris can be a symbol of hope, representing the anticipation for positive outcomes and future happiness.
    • Wisdom: In some cultures, the iris is a symbol of wisdom and intelligence, perhaps due to its regal appearance that suggests nobility and sophistication.
    • Purity: The iris, with its clear and striking colors, is often associated with purity and innocence.
    • Courage: The robust nature of the iris can be seen as a symbol of courage and admiration for its hearty characteristics.
    • Royalty: The rich hues and majestic stance of the iris can serve as a symbol of royalty and an air of majesty.
    • Messages: Throughout history, the iris has been used to convey messages, particularly in the context of the flower language during the Victorian era, in which different flowers communicated specific sentiments.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Late summer to fall
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Spuria Irises require moderate watering, especially during the growing season in spring and early summer. You should water these plants about once a week, providing enough water to moisten the soil to a depth of at least a few inches. During the hot summer months, you may need to water more frequently, potentially increasing to twice per week, to keep the soil from drying out completely. It's important to avoid water stagnation, so ensure good drainage. Depending on the size of the plant and the weather conditions, you might use about 1 to 2 gallons of water per plant each time you water.

  • sunLight

    Spuria Irises thrive best in full sun conditions. They should be placed in a location where they can receive at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight each day. The ideal spot for these irises would be in a south-facing or west-facing garden that gets plenty of light from mid-morning through the afternoon.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Spuria Irises are cold-hardy plants that can tolerate temperatures as low as 0 to -10 degrees Fahrenheit. They prefer growing in regions with warm days and cool nights, with an ideal temperature range between 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. These plants can survive summers that reach up to 90 degrees Fahrenheit, as long as they're adequately watered and have some protection from the hottest part of the day.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning Spuria Irises involves removing the spent blooms and dead foliage to maintain plant health and appearance. This should be done annually after the blooms have faded, usually in late summer. Cut back the spent flower stalks to just above the ground level. Additionally, remove any damaged or diseased leaves to prevent the spread of pests and diseases. The best time for pruning is in the fall or in early spring before growth resumes.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Spuria Iris 'Belise' thrives best in a well-draining, loamy soil with a pH range of 6.0 to 7.5, which is slightly acidic to neutral. To optimize growth, incorporate organic matter and ensure adequate drainage, possibly by adding sand or fine gravel to the soil mix.

  • plantRepotting

    Spuria Iris 'Belise' generally does not require frequent repotting; it can be repotted every 3 to 5 years. It's essential to divide the rhizomes during repotting to ensure vigor and prevent overcrowding.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Spuria Iris 'Belise' is adaptable to a wide range of humidity conditions and does not require a specific humidity level to thrive. However, it is important to maintain good air circulation around the plant to prevent issues such as rot.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Spuria Iris 'Belise' grows well indoor with bright, indirect light.

    • Outdoor

      Plant Spuria Iris 'Belise' in full sun and well-drained soil.

    • Hardiness zone

      Spuria Iris 'Belise' is suitable for USDA zones 4-9.

  • circleLife cycle

    Irises, including the Iris 'Belise' (Spuria), start their life cycle when a seed germinates, typically in moist soil, and begins to develop roots and shoots. The plant then enters the vegetative stage, where leaves expand and photosynthesis allows for vigorous growth. Over time, the Iris 'Belise' will form a rhizome, which is an underground stem that stores nutrients and energy for the plant. This perennial will go dormant during the colder months, during which the rhizome survives underground. In spring, the plant emerges from dormancy, and new growth begins as temperatures rise and days lengthen. The plant reaches its reproductive stage, producing distinctive, colorful flowers that can be pollinated, completing the cycle as seeds are produced and dispersed for the next generation of plants.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Late summer to fall

    • The most popular method for propagating Iris 'Belise', which is a Spuria iris, is through division of their rhizomes, typically recommended post-bloom period when the plants are dormant, often during late summer to early fall. To propagate by division, carefully dig up the clump of irises, ensuring as much of the root system is intact as possible. Gently separate individual rhizomes with a clean, sharp knife, making sure each division has at least one fan of leaves and a section of the root system. Shorten the leaves to about one-third their height to reduce water loss and replant the divisions promptly at the same soil depth they were previously growing, spacing them 12 to 24 inches apart (roughly 30 to 60 centimeters). Water the newly planted divisions well to help establish them. This method is effective as it helps rejuvenate older clumps that have begun to decline in vigor and bloom quality.