Green Spot Iris Iris 'Green Spot' (SDB)

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


Iris 'Green Spot' is a captivating garden plant known for its distinctive flowers and attractive foliage. The blossoms of this particular iris showcase an exquisite blend of colors, typically with petals that may be a soothing shade of lavender, purple, or blue. What makes this iris stand out is the striking green spot at the base of each petal, which provides a bold contrast against the softer colors of the flower. The petals themselves are elegant and display a unique form. They consist of both falls and standards, which are the two different types of segments making up the iris flower. The falls are the lower segments that droop downwards, often gently curving to create an inviting appearance, while the standards rise upright from the center, giving the flower a regal and structured look. This combination of falling and standing petals gives the bloom a full and sophisticated shape. Surrounding the flower is the foliage, which usually consists of narrow, sword-shaped green leaves. These leaves grow in a dense, clumping fashion and can add a lush and grassy texture to the garden. Overall, Iris 'Green Spot' offers a picturesque beauty with its unique, eye-catching flowers poised elegantly above the slender green leaves, providing a striking visual interest to any landscape it graces.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Synonyms

      Dwarf Bearded Iris, Small Bearded Iris.

    • Common names

      Iris 'Green Spot' (SDB)

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The Dwarf Bearded Iris, specifically Iris 'Green Spot', is considered mildly toxic to humans if ingested. The plant's rhizomes contain compounds that can cause gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. If someone has eaten part of a Dwarf Bearded Iris, it's important to seek medical assistance. Handling the plant can sometimes lead to skin irritation, so it is advisable to wear gloves when working with this plant to avoid any potential skin reactions.

    • To pets

      The Dwarf Bearded Iris is also toxic to pets if ingested. The primary concern is the rhizomes, which contain irritant substances that can lead to symptoms like drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain in animals. If your pet consumes parts of the Dwarf Bearded Iris, you should contact a veterinarian promptly, as the symptoms can be distressing and may lead to dehydration if not properly managed.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1 foot [30 cm]

    • Spread

      1 foot [30 cm]

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Enhances garden aesthetics: The Iris 'Green Spot' adds vibrant color and unique patterns with its green-spotted flowers, improving the visual appeal of gardens.
    • Drought tolerance: This plant is relatively drought-tolerant once established, making it suitable for low-water gardens.
    • Easy to grow: Iris 'Green Spot' is considered easy to cultivate, requiring minimal care, which is perfect for novice gardeners.
    • Attracts pollinators: The flowers attract bees, butterflies, and other beneficial pollinators, supporting local ecosystems.
    • Adaptable to various soils: It can thrive in a wide range of soil types, provided they are well-draining.
    • Compact size: Being a smaller Iris variety, it is well-suited for rock gardens, borders, and containers where space is limited.
    • Multiplication: The plant can propagate through division, allowing gardeners to easily expand their collection or share with others.
    • Seasonal interest: With its spring bloom time, Iris 'Green Spot' provides seasonal interest after the dull winter months.

  • 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

    • Photography Subject: The unique 'Green Spot' on the Iris 'Green Spot' can serve as a compelling subject for macro and botanical photographers looking to capture the intricate patterns and colors of flowers.
    • Art Inspiration: Artists may use the distinctive look of the Iris 'Green Spot' as inspiration for various forms of art, such as watercolor painting, drawing, or even textile designs.
    • Garden Design Contrast: The Iris 'Green Spot' can be planted in a monochromatic green garden to add a surprising pop of color contrast, thanks to its unique coloration.
    • Educational Tool: Horticultural educators and garden clubs can use the Iris 'Green Spot' to teach about plant breeding and the development of unique plant cultivars.
    • Companion Planting: This particular iris can be used in companion planting to create visually appealing combinations with other low-growing perennial plants in a border or rock garden.
    • Culinary Garnish: Although not typically considered edible, the petals can be used as an ornamental garnish for plating in high-end culinary presentations, provided they are free of any harmful pesticides.
    • Floral Arrangement Base: Due to its size and stability, the Iris 'Green Spot' can serve as a solid base flower in small, intricate floral arrangements.
    • Symbolic Gift: As with many flowers, the Iris 'Green Spot' can be used to communicate a message or sentiment in the language of flowers; its unusual green spot might symbolize uniqueness or rarity.
    • Children's Garden Discovery: In educational garden spaces for children, the Iris 'Green Spot' can be featured to help stimulate a child’s interest in botany and the diversity of plant life.
    • Mood Setting: By planting Iris 'Green Spot' in a garden space intended for relaxation and meditation, its soothing colors can contribute to creating a tranquil environment.

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 is often seen as a symbol of hope, heralding spring and the return of warmth.
    • Wisdom: In various cultures, the iris is associated with wisdom and valued for its insightful nature.
    • Faith: The flower can represent faith, showcasing belief and trust in the spiritual or personal convictions.
    • Courage: Historically, the iris has been a symbol of courage and valor, especially in the context of heraldry.
    • Royalty: Its regal appearance has led to the iris being connected with sovereignty and kingly virtues.
    • Purity: The elegant bloom of the iris can also signify purity and innocence.

Every 7-10 days
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    The Dwarf Bearded Iris, commonly known as Iris 'Green Spot', should be watered deeply once a week during active growth periods but less during dormant seasons. The water should penetrate at least a foot into the soil to encourage a strong root system. It is important to ensure the soil has good drainage to prevent waterlogging, which can lead to root rot. Typically, applying about half a gallon per plant each week should be sufficient, but this can vary depending on climate conditions and soil type. During hot, dry spells, increase watering frequency, but always allow the soil to dry out slightly between waterings.

  • sunLight

    Dwarf Bearded Iris prefers full sun to partial shade, with at least six hours of direct sunlight per day. Plant it in a location that ensures ample sunlight in the morning, which helps to dry the dew on the leaves and flowers, reducing the risk of disease. Some afternoon shade can be beneficial in extremely hot climates, but too much shade can diminish blooming.

  • thermometerTemperature

    The ideal temperature range for Dwarf Bearded Iris is between 35 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. They can withstand temperatures down to about 10 degrees Fahrenheit but should be protected from harsh, freezing conditions. They thrive when the spring and fall temperatures are within their ideal range, and they can tolerate summer heat as long as they're properly watered and mulched.

  • scissorsPruning

    To maintain healthy Dwarf Bearded Iris, pruning, also known as deadheading, is necessary to remove spent blooms. This encourages the plant to focus energy on rhizome production instead of seed formation. Remove any brown or damaged leaves to keep the plant looking tidy and to prevent disease spread. The best time for pruning is after blooming, typically in late spring or early summer, and any major cleanup can be done in the fall.

  • broomCleaning

    Not needed

  • bambooSoil

    Dwarf Iris 'Green Spot' requires well-draining soil that is slightly acidic to neutral, with a pH range of 6.0 to 7.0. Organic rich soil or a mix with loamy, sandy, and compost components is ideal.

  • plantRepotting

    Dwarf Iris 'Green Spot' typically does not need frequent repotting and can be repotted every 2-3 years, or when the rhizomes outgrow the space.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Dwarf Iris 'Green Spot' is tolerant of a range of humidity conditions and does not require high humidity, typical outdoor humidity levels are sufficient.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Ensure bright light and good air flow for Dwarf Iris indoors.

    • Outdoor

      Plant Dwarf Iris in full sun to partial shade, ensure good drainage.

    • Hardiness zone

      4-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Iris 'Green Spot', commonly known as Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris, begins its life cycle when the seeds germinate after a period of stratification to break dormancy. The seedlings initially develop into small plants with characteristic sword-like leaves, and over the course of 2-3 years, they form underground structures called rhizomes, which store nutrients for perennial growth. Each spring, the iris produces new leaves and flower stems that can reach about 25-40 cm in height, culminating in the bloom of its distinctive flowers, usually in late spring to early summer. After flowering, the plant enters a period of vegetative growth, where the rhizomes continue to expand and can be divided to propagate new plants. As fall approaches, the iris begins to enter dormancy, with the foliage dying back in preparation for winter. The cycle recommences in spring, with the rhizome sprouting new foliage and flower stalks for the next season.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Propogation: The Iris 'Green Spot', a Small Dwarf Bearded Iris, is commonly propagated by division, preferably undertaken in the late summer after the blooming period has ended. The most popular method to propagate this plant is by carefully digging up the rhizomes, which are thick, horizontal underground stems that store energy for the plant. Adequate care must be taken to minimize damage to the roots. Once unearthed, the rhizome should be cut into sections, ensuring that each section has at least one fan of leaves and a portion of healthy roots attached. The leaves of these divisions should be trimmed down to about 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 centimeters) to reduce water loss and encourage robust root development. Lastly, these sections can be replanted in well-drained soil, maintaining adequate space between each new plant to promote proper growth and good air circulation.