Iris Iris 'Goring Ace' (CH)

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


The Iris 'Goring Ace', more commonly referred to simply as Iris, is a striking perennial that boasts an elegant floral display. The plant produces beautiful flowers that are composed of six petal-like structures, known as tepals. These tepals are arranged in two layers, with three outer falls that may have graceful cascading habits and three inner, upright standards, creating a classically intricate Iris form. The blooms of this Iris are delightfully colored, often showcasing a harmonious blend of hues that may include blues, purples, whites, yellows, or a combination thereof, with some varieties also featuring intricate veining or speckling that enhances their visual appeal. Each flower is borne on a sturdy stem that emerges from a fan of sword-shaped leaves. The foliage is typically a vibrant green and has a linear, upright growth habit. The leaves may have a slightly arching form, contributing to the overall aesthetics of the plant. As a member of the Iris family, 'Goring Ace' is known for its showy flowers, which are typically large and can make a statement in the garden with their bold, eye-catching appearance. These blooms are not only visually striking but may also have a light, pleasant fragrance, adding an extra layer of sensory enjoyment to their presence. While the plant itself produces a clumping growth that can be quite dense, it's important to note that the beauty of the Iris 'Goring Ace' lies in its impressive flowers and attractive foliage. The Iris is a favorite among gardeners for its hardiness and the captivating spectacle it brings to gardens and landscapes when in bloom.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Bearded Iris, German Iris

    • Common names

      Iris 'Goring Ace' (CH)

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The Iris 'Goring Ace' (CH), commonly known as the iris, is considered mildly toxic to humans if ingested. The primary toxic components are the rhizomes and bulbs, which contain irisin, iridin, or irisine. If parts of the iris are ingested, potential symptoms may include stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. In severe cases, ingestion can lead to allergic reactions or skin irritation upon contact. It is highly advised to avoid ingesting any parts of the iris and to seek medical attention if consumption occurs.

    • To pets

      The Iris 'Goring Ace' (CH), commonly referred to as the iris, can be toxic to pets if ingested, particularly the rhizomes and bulbs. The iris contains compounds such as irisin, iridin, or irisine which can cause gastrointestinal upset in pets. Symptoms of iris poisoning in pets may include salivation, vomiting, drooling, lethargy, and diarrhea. In severe instances, ingestion can lead to more serious issues such as difficulty breathing or an abnormal heart rate. If you suspect your pet has ingested any part of an iris, it is important to contact a veterinarian as soon as possible.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      3 feet (0.91 meters)

    • Spread

      2 feet (0.61 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aesthetic Appeal: Adds vibrant color and texture to garden landscapes with its striking blue-purple flowers.
    • Pollinator Attraction: Attracts bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects that pollinate other plants in the garden.
    • Easy to Grow: Adaptable to a wide range of soil conditions and climates, making it accessible to many gardeners.
    • Low Maintenance: Requires minimal care once established, making it ideal for busy gardeners or those looking for low-effort plants.
    • Seasonal Interest: Blooms in late spring to early summer, providing a seasonal highlight in the garden.
    • Drought Tolerance: Once established, it has good resistance to drought, reducing the need for frequent watering.
    • Border Planting: Can be used effectively as border plants, creating structured and appealing garden edges.
    • Cut Flowers: The blooms can be used in floral arrangements, adding beauty indoors as well as in the garden.

  • 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

    • Iris 'Goring Ace' can be used in the production of natural dyes, with different parts of the plant yielding various shades for textile coloring.
    • The strong fibers of the Iris can be utilized in traditional basket weaving crafts to create sturdy and decorative containers.
    • The plant's leaves, when dried, can be part of a natural potpourri mix to impart a subtle fragrance to indoor spaces.
    • Crushed petals of the Iris can be added to handmade papers, giving them a unique texture and visual appeal.
    • As a natural pest deterrent, extracts from the Iris can be used in gardens to ward off certain insects without the use of chemical pesticides.
    • The rhizomes of Iris may be incorporated into aromatic sachets to deter moths in clothing storage areas.
    • In floral art and Ikebana, the distinct shape and color of Iris flowers are used to add a focal point to arrangements.
    • The robust nature of some parts of the Iris plant makes it suitable for use in crafting natural wreaths and other decorations.
    • Dried Iris roots can sometimes be added to herbal smoking blends as an aromatic component, although care must be taken due to potential health risks.
    • Eco-printing, a technique where plants are used to create prints on fabric, often employs Iris leaves due to their interesting shape and pigment content.

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 is often associated with faith, representing trust and belief in something beyond the material world.
    • Hope: This plant symbolizes hope, embodying optimism and the expectation of positive outcomes.
    • Wisdom: Historically linked to wisdom, the Iris can suggest intelligence, experience, and insight.
    • Courage: The Iris reflects courage, with its bold presence and ability to stand out, it embodies bravery and confidence.
    • Royalty: With its regal appearance, the Iris can symbolize royalty and majesty, often linked to noble characteristics.
    • Purity: The flower is also a symbol of purity, signifying the state of being free from sin or moral wrong.

Every 7 to 10 days
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 3 to 5 years
Late summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    For an Iris, commonly known as Bearded Iris, it's important to water the plant thoroughly but infrequently to mimic natural conditions. During the growing season, water the plants once a week with about one-inch of water, especially if the weather is dry. Ensure that the soil is allowed to dry out between waterings, as Bearded Irises do not like to remain in wet soil. In times of extreme heat, increase watering slightly, but be cautious of overwatering. During the winter, watering can be significantly reduced to reflect the plant’s dormant state.

  • sunLight

    Bearded Iris thrives best in full sun conditions, meaning it should receive at least six hours of direct sunlight each day. The ideal spot for planting a Bearded Iris would be in an area where it can bask in the morning sun and be protected from the intense late afternoon sun, if possible. However, these hardy plants can still perform well even with a bit more shade.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Bearded Irises prefer temperate climates and can endure temperatures as low as 14 degrees Fahrenheit during their dormant winter phase. The ideal growing temperatures for Bearded Irises are between 55 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. They can tolerate summer temperatures up to around 90 degrees Fahrenheit, but they prefer cooler conditions to bloom effectively.

  • scissorsPruning

    Bearded Irises benefit from pruning to encourage healthy growth and a tidy appearance. After blooming, remove the spent flower stalks down to the base to prevent seed formation, which can divert energy from the rhizomes. In late summer or early fall, after the growing season, trim the foliage to a height of about 6 inches to prepare the plants for winter and to remove any diseased or damaged leaves. Divide and prune every 3 to 5 years to prevent overcrowding and to maintain plant vigor.

  • broomCleaning

    Not needed

  • bambooSoil

    Bearded Irises thrive in well-draining, loamy soil with a slightly acidic to neutral pH between 6.8 and 7.0. A mix amended with compost or aged manure, and some coarse sand or perlite to ensure good drainage, makes an ideal growing medium for these irises.

  • plantRepotting

    Bearded Irises typically don't require frequent repotting but should be divided and replanted about every 3 to 5 years to prevent overcrowding and to rejuvenate the plant for better blooming.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Bearded Irises prefer a relatively dry climate with low to moderate humidity. They do not require high humidity and can tolerate the conditions found in most temperate regions.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright indirect light and ensure good air circulation.

    • Outdoor

      Full sun, well-draining soil, divide every 3-5 years.

    • Hardiness zone

      3-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Iris 'Goring Ace', commonly known as Cultivated Iris, begins its life cycle when the seeds germinate in late spring or early summer, given the right conditions of moisture and temperature. It progresses to the vegetative stage where the seedling develops into a mature plant with characteristic sword-like leaves. This perennial plant then enters a phase of dormancy during the colder winter months, where growth slows or stops and the plant conserves energy. As the weather warms in spring, the Iris 'Goring Ace' resumes growth, culminating in the blooming stage when it produces its distinctive and colorful flowers, typically in late spring or early summer. After pollination, often by insects, the plant sets seeds that mature in capsules by late summer, ready to disperse and start the life cycle anew. Finally, as a perennial, the Iris 'Goring Ace' may also propagate vegetatively through rhizome division, thus ensuring its continued survival and spread within its growing environment.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Late summer

    • Propogation: The most popular way to propagate the Iris 'Goring Ace', commonly known as a bearded iris, is through division. This typically takes place post-flowering season, usually in late summer to early fall, when the plant’s growth slows and it enters dormancy. To divide bearded irises, gardeners would gently lift the clump of irises from the ground using a fork or shovel, taking care not to damage the rhizomes. The clumps are then cleaned and the rhizomes are cut into sections, ensuring that each division has at least one fan of leaves and a portion of the rhizome. These sections are then replanted into well-draining soil with the rhizome slightly exposed to the air. This method not only helps to propagate new plants but also rejuvenates older clumps that may have become overcrowded, ensuring ongoing vitality and bloom performance.