Iris Iris 'Goddess of Green' (IB)

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


Iris 'Goddess of Green' is a variety of iris that showcases striking foliage and blooms. The most noticeable feature of this plant is its beautiful flowers. The petals display a captivating arrangement of colors, with a predominant greenish hue that can vary from light to deep, often accentuated by contrasting shades. The blooms may also exhibit delicate veining or patterns, adding to their intricate appearance. The flowers are composed of different parts: the upright standards and the downward-curving falls. The standards rise above the falls, while the falls spread out below, showcasing a graceful bilateral symmetry that is characteristic of irises. In the center of the falls, there's the beard, a fuzzy or hairy area that ranges in color and can add a dramatic flair to the flower's overall look. These floral parts together create a harmonious and showy display. The individual blossoms are borne atop sturdy, upright stems that emerge from clumps of sword-shaped leaves. The leaves are typically a rich green, forming a dense, grassy backdrop that frames and enhances the visual impact of the flowers. These leaves can have a slightly arching habit, softening the plant's silhouette and adding texture to the garden. Together, the bold blossoms and elegant foliage of Iris 'Goddess of Green' make it a striking addition to any garden, presenting a mesmerizing mix of color, form, and texture that is sure to draw the eye and elicit admiration. This plant brings a touch of the unique to the landscape, and its distinct green-infused flowers set it apart from the more common iris colorations.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Intermediate Bearded Iris, IB Iris

    • Common names

      Iris 'Goddess of Green'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Iris 'Goddess of Green' is a variety of iris, a flower that is known to be potentially toxic if ingested. The rhizomes (underground stems) of irises contain irisin, iridin, or irisine which can cause gastrointestinal distress if consumed. Symptoms of iris poisoning can include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Additionally, handling the plant may cause skin irritation in some individuals due to the presence of certain chemicals in the sap. It is important to avoid ingesting any part of an iris plant and to wash hands after handling it to avoid potential adverse effects.

    • To pets

      Iris 'Goddess of Green' is toxic to pets if ingested, particularly the rhizomes, but also the leaves to a lesser extent. Symptoms of iris poisoning in pets may include excessive drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, and abdominal pain. Although serious cases are rare, ingesting large amounts of iris plant material can lead to more severe symptoms and potentially to dehydration due to vomiting and diarrhea. If you suspect your pet has ingested part of an iris plant, contact your veterinarian immediately for advice and possible treatment.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      2 feet 4 inches (71 cm)

    • Spread

      1 foot 8 inches (50 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Easily incorporated into perennial gardens for its striking foliage and flowers.
    • Attracts pollinators like bees and butterflies, promoting healthy garden ecology.
    • Relatively low maintenance, making it suitable for gardeners of all levels.
    • Durable and capable of withstanding periods of drought once established.
    • Offers a variety of landscaping applications such as borders, water features, and mass planting for visual impact.
    • Provides seasonal interest with its vibrant blooms in the spring and attractive foliage throughout the growing season.
    • Versatile and adaptable to various soil types, though it prefers well-drained conditions.
    • Acts as a natural pest deterrent for certain insects, safeguarding nearby plants.
    • Can be used for cut flowers due to its impressive and colorful blossoms.
    • Enhances the aesthetic appeal of any garden with its unique color and elegant flower form.

  • 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

    • The Iris 'Goddess of Green' can be used as a natural dye source; the petals and other plant parts can yield colors for textiles or art projects.
    • This variety of iris works well as a stately addition to fantasy-themed gardens, complementing fairytale or mythical landscape designs.
    • Rhizomes from the iris can be used as a natural pest repellent; when dried and placed in cupboards, they can deter insects.
    • Iris leaves can be used in basketry and other fibrous crafts due to their strength and flexibility.
    • The strong architectural form of the iris makes it ideal as a subject for botanical drawing, painting, and photography.
    • The plant can be incorporated into rain gardens, as it can tolerate and assist in filtering excess water.
    • As a plant with distinctive leaves and flowers, it can be used in educational settings to teach botany and plant structure.
    • The cut flowers of the Iris 'Goddess of Green' can provide a natural, subtle fragrance for indoor arrangements without overwhelming other scents.
    • In ponds and aquatic gardens, certain iris species are useful for providing habitat and breeding areas for aquatic wildlife.
    • Iris flowers can be pressed and used in craft projects such as making bookmarks, greeting cards, or botanical prints.

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 beauty and color.
    • Royalty: Irises have a regal appearance, which has historically led them to be associated with royalty and royal symbols.
    • Faith: In various religious contexts, the iris is seen as a symbol of faith and devotion.
    • Wisdom: An iris may represent wisdom, likely tied to its namesake, the Greek goddess Iris who was a messenger of the gods and a symbol of communication and wisdom.
    • Purity: As a bloom that often arises from murky pond waters, the iris can symbolize purity and the idea of beauty emerging from adversity.

Every week
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 3-5 years
Spring-Early Summer
Not needed
  • water dropWater

    Intermediate Bearded Irises like 'Goddess of Green' need to be watered deeply and infrequently to encourage root growth. During the growing season, water them every week with about an inch of water, particularly if the weather is dry. Use a soaker hose or drip irrigation to deliver water directly to the roots and minimize moisture on the foliage, which can lead to disease. They require less water once established and can be more drought-tolerant. It's crucial to avoid overwatering, as this can cause the rhizomes to rot, so allow the top inch of soil to dry out between waterings. During the winter or in cooler climates, you can reduce watering as the plant goes dormant.

  • sunLight

    Intermediate Bearded Irises, including 'Goddess of Green' prefer full sun with at least six hours of direct sunlight daily. The ideal spot is in an area that receives morning sun and has some afternoon shade in hotter climates. They can tolerate partial shade but may not flower as prolifically, and excess shade can make them more prone to disease.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Intermediate Bearded Irises thrive in temperatures between 55 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit but can handle extremes from just above freezing (32 degrees Fahrenheit) to about 90 degrees Fahrenheit. They prefer cooler nights and warm days to form good flower buds. Avoid placing them in areas where winter temperatures frequently drop below freezing without adequate snow cover or mulch for protection.

  • scissorsPruning

    Intermediate Bearded Irises, such as 'Goddess of Green,' require pruning to remove spent flowers and encourage repeat blooming. Prune or deadhead the flower stalks down to the base after bloom but leave the foliage in place to allow the plant to gather energy for next year. Clean up any dead or diseased foliage in the fall to prevent overwintering pests and diseases. Divide and prune every 3-5 years to maintain vigor and prevent overcrowding.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The best soil mix for an Intermediate Bearded Iris like 'Goddess of Green' should be well-draining, moderately fertile, and slightly acidic to neutral, with a pH of 6.5 to 7.0. A mixture containing loam, compost, and coarse sand or perlite can provide the ideal growing conditions for this iris.

  • plantRepotting

    Intermediate Bearded Irises, including 'Goddess of Green', do not typically require frequent repotting. They should be divided and replanted every 3 to 5 years to maintain vigor and prevent overcrowding.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Intermediate Bearded Irises like 'Goddess of Green' are tolerant of a wide range of humidity levels but prefer drier conditions. They do not require high humidity and will thrive in the average outdoor environment.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Provide bright light, cool temps, and minimal water.

    • Outdoor

      Full sun, well-drained soil, space rhizomes apart.

    • Hardiness zone

      3-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The life of Iris 'Goddess of Green', also known as intermediate bearded iris, typically begins with seed germination, which is a less common method of propagation due to variability in offspring. More commonly, the life cycle starts when gardeners plant rhizomes in late summer to early fall, allowing roots and foliage to establish. In the spring, the plant enters a rapid growth phase, which includes the development of sword-like leaves and flowering stalks that bloom with distinctive green petals, usually in late spring or early summer. After flowering, the plant goes into a period of vegetative growth and resource storage in the rhizome to prepare for the next blooming season. In late summer, foliage may die back, and the plant enters dormancy as temperatures drop, particularly in regions with cold winters. The cycle repeats the following spring with new growth emerging from the rhizomes, which may be divided every 3-4 years to maintain vigor and increase the number of plants.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Iris 'Goddess of Green', a type of Intermediate Bearded Iris, is most commonly propagated through division, which is best done in late summer after the plant has bloomed and is entering dormancy. To propagate this iris by division, dig up the entire clump of rhizomes with care to minimize damage. Shake off excess dirt and inspect the rhizomes for signs of disease or borer damage, discarding any that are not healthy. Using a clean, sharp knife, cut the rhizomes into sections, making sure each section has at least one fan of leaves and a portion of the root system. Trim the leaves to about 6 inches (15 centimeters) to reduce water loss and replant the divisions at the same depth they were growing before but spaced 12 to 24 inches (30 to 60 centimeters) apart, with the top of the rhizome exposed to the sun. Water the newly planted rhizomes well to help establish them. This method of propagation helps rejuvenate overgrown clumps and stimulate blooming for the following seasons.