Tall Bearded Iris Iris 'Confiture de Roses' (TB)

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


The Iris 'Confiture de Roses' is a captivating plant that displays a stunning floral display. The blooms are noted for their exquisite coloration, which can best be described as a blend of rosy hues intertwined with soft pink tones. The petals have a ruffled appearance, giving the flowers a lush, full look that adds to their charm and elegance. Each individual flower possesses a unique beauty, with the standards (the upright petals) showing a lighter shade while the falls (the downward curving petals) exhibit a deeper, more intense color. At the center of the blooms, one can observe an attractive contrast provided by the beard, which is a fuzzy, caterpillar-like line that typically comes in a paler or sometimes contrasting color. The sword-like leaves of the plant add a vertical element to its structure, presenting in a deep, rich green that complements the floral display well. Overall, the 'Confiture de Roses' is a dazzling addition to any garden, presenting a classic iris form with a color palette that evokes the softness and sweetness of rose-petal preserves.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Tall Bearded Iris, Bearded Iris

    • Common names

      Iris 'Confiture de Roses' (TB).

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The Tall Bearded Iris, which includes the variety 'Confiture de Roses', is generally not considered highly toxic to humans. However, it can cause mild stomach upset if ingested. Some people may also experience skin irritation from handling the plant, due to the presence of certain compounds like irisin. Ingesting large quantities of the rhizomes (the root-like structures) can potentially result in nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.

    • To pets

      The Tall Bearded Iris can be toxic to pets if ingested. The most common symptoms of iris poisoning in pets include drooling, vomiting, lethargy, and diarrhea. In severe cases, if a large amount of the rhizome is consumed, it could lead to more serious issues like gastrointestinal irritation or even depression of the central nervous system. It is advisable to prevent pets from consuming any part of the plant.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      2-3 feet (60-90 cm)

    • Spread

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Beautification: The Iris 'Confiture de Roses' adds a striking visual appeal to gardens with its vibrant pink blooms.
    • Pollinator Attraction: The flowers attract bees, butterflies, and other beneficial pollinators, supporting local ecosystems.
    • Low Maintenance: Once established, irises are relatively easy to care for, requiring minimal attention.
    • Drought Tolerance: After they are well-rooted, these plants can tolerate periods of low water, suitable for xeriscaping.
    • Suitable for Cut Flowers: The blossoms make beautiful cut flowers for arrangements and bouquets.
    • Seasonal Interest: The plant provides seasonal interest with its eye-catching spring flowers and architectural foliage.
    • Erosion Control: The robust root system can help stabilize soil in sloped gardens.
    • Divisibility: The rhizomes can be divided to propagate new plants and expand garden displays or share with other gardeners.
    • Naturalizing: Irises can spread to fill in areas and create natural-looking landscapes.

  • 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

    • Culinary Decoration: The petals of the Iris can be crystallized with egg whites and sugar and used as a decorative element on cakes or desserts.
    • Natural Dye: Iris petals and roots, particularly of dark-colored varieties, can be used to produce natural dyes for fabrics or art projects.
    • Perfumery: Certain species of Iris, particularly those with a notable fragrance, can be used in the making of perfumes and scents.
    • Fiber Art: Dried Iris leaves or fibers can be incorporated into handmade paper or used in weaving small baskets and decorative items.
    • Garden Design: The striking appearance of the Iris can inspire artists and designers in creating patterns, motifs, and color schemes for garden-themed artwork or textile designs.
    • Botanical Illustration: As a subject for botanical illustration, the Iris can be used to teach or develop skills in botany, art, and illustration courses.
    • Educational Use: Parts of the Iris can be used in classrooms for teaching botany, specifically in lessons about flower anatomy and pollination.
    • Photography: The Iris, with its intricate details and colors, makes an excellent subject for photographers specializing in plant and macro photography.
    • Scented Sachets: Dried Iris petals and roots can be added to scented sachets to create a subtle, long-lasting fragrance for drawers and closets.
    • Floral Water: Iris petals can be steeped in water to create a lightly scented floral water for use in homemade cosmetics or as a room freshener.

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

    • Purity: The iris is often associated with purity due to its elegant and pristine appearance.
    • Hope: The iris can symbolize hope, representing a belief in better things to come.
    • Wisdom: Historically, the iris is linked with wisdom, perhaps because of its regal bearing and three petals that can represent faith, valor, and wisdom.
    • Faith: The plant is also a symbol of faith, with its upright stance and resilience in various growing conditions.
    • Valor: Its bold colors and strong presence are symbolic of courage or valor in the face of adversity.
    • Royalty: The iris has often been associated with royalty, especially in France where the fleur-de-lis, a stylized iris, was used as a royal emblem.
    • Inspiration: Many artists and poets have looked to the iris as a source of inspiration due to its beauty and variety of colors.
    • Transition: Some cultures believe the iris symbolizes transition or change, potentially because of its role as a spring flower heralding the change of seasons.

Every week
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 3-5 years
Late summer to fall
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Tall Bearded Irises, like 'Confiture de Roses,' should be watered deeply but infrequently, ensuring that the soil never becomes soggy. Aim to provide about an inch of water per week during the growing season, either from rainfall or supplementary watering. Increase watering to twice a week during dry spells, especially when the plant is setting buds and flowering. Once established, Tall Bearded Irises are quite drought-tolerant, but they will perform best with consistent moisture. During the dormant season in the fall and winter, reduce watering significantly, providing only enough to prevent the soil from completely drying out.

  • sunLight

    Tall Bearded Iris requires full sun to bloom successfully, with at least six hours of direct sunlight daily. Plant it in a location that receives morning sun and some afternoon shade, or in a spot that enjoys full sun all day. Ensure the plant is not shaded by larger plants or structures to avoid inadequate blooming.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Tall Bearded Irises are hardy and can withstand a wide range of temperatures but perform best when the daytime temperature ranges between 68°F and 86°F. They can survive winter temperatures down to about -20°F to 10°F. However, for the ideal growth, the temperature should not exceed 90°F during the growing season, as extremely high temperatures can affect bloom quality and plant health.

  • scissorsPruning

    Prune Tall Bearded Iris by removing spent flower stems down to the base of the plant to encourage healthy growth and prevent seed development, which can sap energy from the rhizomes. After blooming, cut back damaged or diseased leaves to maintain plant health. Annually, in late summer or after the first frost, prune foliage to about 4-6 inches above the ground to prepare the plant for winter and help prevent disease.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Tall Bearded Iris 'Confiture de Roses' thrives best in a well-draining, loamy soil mix with moderate fertility and a neutral to slightly acidic pH level of 6.8-7.0. Amend the soil with compost or aged manure to improve drainage and nutrient content.

  • plantRepotting

    Tall Bearded Iris 'Confiture de Roses' typically does not need frequent repotting and should be divided every 3-5 years to maintain vigor and flower production.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Tall Bearded Iris 'Confiture de Roses' is tolerant of a wide range of humidity conditions and does not require high humidity; average outdoor humidity is typically sufficient.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Ensure bright light, well-draining soil, cool, dry winter.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in full sun, well-drained soil; water deeply but infrequently.

    • Hardiness zone

      Hardiness zones for Tall Bearded Iris 'Confiture de Roses' are 3-9 USDA.

  • circleLife cycle

    Iris 'Confiture de Roses', commonly known as Tall Bearded Iris, begins its life cycle when the rhizomes are planted in well-draining soil in late summer to early fall. The plant establishes itself by developing a strong root system and foliage before entering dormancy during the winter months. In spring, new growth emerges, and the iris develops long, sword-like leaves and tall stalks that will bear the distinct, ruffled pink blooms for which it is named. After flowering, which typically occurs in late spring to early summer, the plant enters a period of vegetative growth, where it must be maintained by dividing overgrown clumps to promote healthy growth for the next season. Seed production may follow if flowers were pollinated, but most propagation is done through division of rhizomes. As temperatures cool, the iris prepares for dormancy once again, completing its annual life cycle.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Late summer to fall

    • Propogation: The Iris 'Confiture de Roses', also known as the Tall Bearded Iris, is most commonly propagated through division, which is best done in late summer after the blooming season has finished. To propagate by division, carefully dig up the iris clump and shake off excess soil. Look for natural divisions in the rhizome, which is the horizontal stem from which the roots grow. Each section should have at least one fan of leaves and a portion of the rhizome. Using a sharp knife, cut the rhizome into sections, ensuring each piece has healthy roots and at least one fan of leaves. Trim the leaves to about one-third of their length, or approximately 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 centimeters), to reduce water loss and make planting easier. Replant the divisions at the same soil depth they were previously growing, spacing them about 12 to 24 inches (30 to 60 centimeters) apart to allow for adequate airflow and growth.