Tall Bearded Iris Iris 'Jane Phillips' (TB)

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


Iris 'Jane Phillips' is a cultivar noted for its striking beauty and elegance. It is part of the bearded iris group characterized by thick, bushy "beards" on each of the falls (lower petals) of the flowers. The flowers themselves are large and showy with a pale, sky-blue color that can seem almost ethereal. The blooms are comprised of two distinct types of petals: the upright standards and the downward-curving falls, creating a delightful contrast and giving the flower its classic iris form. The standards are dominantly soft blue, adding a touch of serenity to the garden. The falls contrast with the standards in color and are adorned with the fuzzy beards, which are often a lighter blue or white, drawing the eye to the center of the flower. Each petal is smoothly finished, with a slightly ruffled edge that contributes to the plant's overall grace and charm. The foliage of Iris 'Jane Phillips' consists of long, slender, sword-like leaves that grow upright and form dense clumps at the base of the plant. The leaves are a deep green color and have a vertical habit, which complements the flowering stalks and adds a strong architectural element to the plant's form. The overall effect of the foliage and blooms together is one of classic garden elegance, and this iris variety is often used for both its ornamental value and its pleasant fragrance, which adds an additional layer of appeal.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Tall Bearded Iris, Bearded Iris

    • Common names

      Iris 'Jane Phillips' (TB).

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The Tall Bearded Iris, including the variety 'Jane Phillips,' has rhizomes that are considered mildly toxic if ingested. Consuming parts of the plant, particularly the rhizomes, can cause gastrointestinal issues such as nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Handling the plant may also cause skin irritation in some people. It is advised to keep this plant out of reach of children and to wash hands after handling it to prevent any possible skin irritation.

    • To pets

      The Tall Bearded Iris, including the 'Jane Phillips' variety, can be toxic to pets if ingested. The rhizomes contain the highest concentration of toxic compounds. If a pet consumes part of an iris, symptoms may include salivation, vomiting, drooling, lethargy, and diarrhea. In severe cases, ingestion can lead to more serious gastrointestinal issues. It is important to ensure pets do not have access to the rhizomes and other parts of the plant. If you suspect your pet has ingested Tall Bearded Iris, contact a veterinarian promptly.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      3 feet (0.91 meters)

    • Spread

      1-2 feet (0.30-0.61 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      Europe Asia


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental Value: Iris 'Jane Phillips' adds visual interest to gardens with its attractive blooms and foliage.
    • Landscape Design: Ideal for borders, beds, and as a specimen plant due to its striking blue flowers and vertical form.
    • Wildlife Attraction: The flowers attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies, supporting local ecosystems.
    • Drought Tolerance: Once established, this tall bearded iris requires minimal watering, making it suitable for water-efficient gardens.
    • Low Maintenance: Requires little care once established, other than occasional dividing to prevent overcrowding.
    • Perennial Growth: Returns each year, adding long-term value to the garden without the need for replanting annually.
    • Seasonal Interest: Provides vibrant blooms in late spring to early summer, helping to bridge the gap between early spring bulbs and summer 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

    • In art and photography, the Iris 'Jane Phillips' can be used as an elegant subject for still life compositions or garden photography due to its striking blue blooms.
    • The fibers from the leaves of the iris can be used in traditional basket weaving as a strong and decorative element.
    • The petals of Iris 'Jane Phillips' can be used for natural dye production, as they can provide subtle color variations for textiles.
    • Due to its distinct form and color, this plant can serve as inspiration for designers in creating patterns for fabric, wallpaper, or other decorative applications.
    • Iris 'Jane Phillips' makes an excellent cut flower for creating dramatic floral arrangements due to its tall stems and large flowers.
    • The plant can be used in scent gardens. Even though iris doesn't have a strong perfume, the subtle fragrance can contribute to a multi-sensory garden experience.
    • With proper care, the blooms of Iris 'Jane Phillips' can be dried and used in dried floral arrangements or potpourri mixes.
    • The strong, vertical lines of the plant can be used by landscape designers as an architectural element in gardens or as a natural border to delineate spaces.
    • Pulverized dried seeds of the iris can be used for their abrasive qualities in homemade natural cleaners or scrubs.
    • The blooms can be crystallized with egg whites and sugar and used as decorative and edible garnishments on cakes and desserts.

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: Irises often symbolize faith, representing belief in something beyond the physical or visible.
    • Hope: The iris can signify hope, indicating a positive expectation for the future.
    • Wisdom: The flower has been associated with wisdom, possibly because of its regal appearance and history in ancient cultures.
    • Courage: In some traditions, the iris stands for courage, perhaps related to its bold colors and strong presence in the garden.
    • Purity: The bloom of the iris, especially when white, as in the case of 'Jane Phillips', is often linked with purity and innocence.
    • Royalty: With its majestic form and striking colors, the iris may denote royalty and an air of nobility.
    • Messages: The iris was used historically to convey messages, as its variety in color can represent different emotions or sentiments.

Every 2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 3 years
Late Summer-Early Fall
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Tall Bearded Iris, commonly known as 'Jane Phillips,' should be watered deeply to encourage root growth, typically receiving about one inch of water per week. During the growing season, especially in the absence of rainfall, water the plant at least once a week. Use a soaker hose or drip irrigation to provide moisture directly to the roots and minimize wetting the foliage which can lead to disease. During periods of drought, increase watering to twice a week. After the Iris has finished blooming, reduce the frequency of watering to help prepare the plant for dormancy. Always adjust watering based on soil conditions and climate; well-drained soil is essential to prevent root rot.

  • sunLight

    Tall Bearded Iris thrives in full sunlight, requiring a minimum of six hours of direct sun each day. They perform best in a location that receives full sun throughout the day, which ensures vigorous growth and abundant blooms. Avoid planting in areas with filtered light or heavy shade as this can lead to poor blooming and weak foliage.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Ideal temperature conditions for Tall Bearded Iris range from 70°F to 85°F during the growing season. They can tolerate a minimum temperature of around -20°F in winter, but should be sheltered from harsh winter winds. Tall Bearded Iris prefer a cooler period at night, as a difference between day and night temperatures can promote better blooming. In hotter climates, provide some afternoon shade to prevent overheating.

  • scissorsPruning

    Prune Tall Bearded Iris by removing spent blooms to promote a tidy appearance and to potentially encourage reblooming. After flowering, cut the flower stalks down to the base to prevent seed formation, which can divert energy from the plant. In late summer or autumn, trim away any dead or damaged leaves, and in early spring, tidy up the plant by removing old foliage before growth begins. The best time for more extensive pruning is after blooming or in the fall when you can divide and trim the rhizomes if needed.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Tall Bearded Iris 'Jane Phillips' grows best in well-draining soil with a pH of 6.8 to 7.0, so a mix with loamy soil enriched with compost is ideal.nants.

  • plantRepotting

    Tall Bearded Irises, like Iris 'Jane Phillips', generally do not require frequent repotting. They can be divided every 3 to 5 years to maintain vigor.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Tall Bearded Iris 'Jane Phillips' prefers outdoor conditions and tolerates the average outdoor humidity well; they do not require high humidity environments.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Ensure bright light, minimal watering, and good air flow for indoor Iris.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in sunny spot with well-draining soil, water sparingly.

    • Hardiness zone

      3-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Iris 'Jane Phillips' (Tall Bearded Iris) begins its life as a seed, which, when sown, will slowly germinate and develop into a seedling. The seedling establishes a root system and a small rosette of leaves during its first growing season, typically remaining rather unassuming in its infancy. As it matures, the plant develops thick rhizomes that grow horizontally, just below the soil surface; these rhizomes store nutrients that allow the plant to survive winter and regenerate in spring. In subsequent years, foliage increases with fan-shaped leaf growth that precedes flowering. Tall Bearded Iris typically blooms in late spring to early summer, producing towering stems that bear the large, iconic ruffled flowers in hues of light blue. After blooming, the plant enters a period of dormancy in the hotter summer months, conserving energy before restarting the cycle with new growth the following spring.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Late Summer-Early Fall

    • Propogation: The Tall Bearded Iris 'Jane Phillips', a perennial favorite among gardeners for its stunning blue blooms, can be propagated by division, typically in late summer after the flowering has finished and the plant has gone dormant. The most popular method for propagating this iris involves carefully digging up the clump of rhizomes and washing or brushing off the soil to get a clear view of the plant's structure. Using a sharp knife, the rhizome can be cut into sections, ensuring that each division has at least one fan of leaves and a healthy section of roots. The leaves should be trimmed to about a third of their length to reduce water loss, and the cut surfaces should be allowed to dry for a few hours to form a callus, which helps prevent rot. The divisions are then replanted in a well-draining soil, with the rhizome set just below the surface of the soil and the roots spread out beneath, spaced about 12 to 24 inches apart (30 to 60 centimeters), to allow for growth. Watering should be done carefully to keep the soil moist but not waterlogged, encouraging the newly planted rhizomes to establish and grow into new plants.