Iris Iris 'Peacock Pavane' (CH)

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


The Iris 'Peacock Pavane' is a striking plant that showcases a blend of vibrant colors and intricate patterns, reminiscent of the elegance and grandeur of a peacock's feathers. The flowers are a true spectacle; their petals unfurl in a display of rich, velvety purples and blues, edged with a frill of variable white or gold. Each petal, sometimes referred to as a fall or a standard depending on their position, often features a unique pattern of speckles or stripes which can resemble the eye patterns on a peacock’s tail. The standards, which are the three upright petals, stand regally above the falls, offering a contrast in both color and form. They might present in lighter shades, adding a dramatic flair to the bloom's overall appearance. The falls, the three lower petals, often have a graceful, cascading effect and may be adorned with delicate veining or dappling, further enhancing the ornamental appearance of the flower. In the center of the bloom — the focal point of this horticultural dance — lies the beard. This fuzzy feature typically emerges in a contrastive hue, perhaps yellow or white, and it stands out prominently against the deeper colors of the petals. The beard serves not just as an invitation to pollinators but also adds an extra dimension to the floral display. The leaves of the Iris 'Peacock Pavane' are sword-shaped and grow with an elegant, upright habit. They emerge from the base of the plant, forming dense clumps of green that provide a lush backdrop for the spectacular seasonal blooms. These leaves maintain their vigor throughout the growing season, contributing to the overall aesthetic appeal of the plant even when it is not in flower. Together, the blooms and foliage create a rich tapestry of color and form, making the Iris 'Peacock Pavane' a much-desired addition to any garden where a touch of dramatic flair is sought. With its resemblance to the regal beauty of the peacock, it holds a special allure, inviting onlookers to pause and appreciate the intricacies and wonders of the natural world.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Peacock Pavane Iris

    • Common names

      Iris 'Peacock Pavane'

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The Iris 'Peacock Pavane' is a cultivar of the common bearded iris. Irises contain compounds that can be toxic if ingested. The rhizomes (underground stems) are particularly known to contain these toxic substances. If a person ingests part of a bearded iris plant, they may experience symptoms such as stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Severe cases could lead to more serious digestive upset, although such instances are rare. It is advisable to keep all parts of the plant out of reach of children who might accidentally ingest them.

    • To pets

      The Iris 'Peacock Pavane', a type of bearded iris, can be toxic to pets if ingested. The primary toxic components are found in the rhizomes, although all parts of the plant are considered to possess some level of toxicity. If a pet consumes part of a bearded iris, symptoms could include gastrointestinal upset, such as vomiting and diarrhea. In some cases, there may be drooling or signs of abdominal pain. It's important to prevent pets from chewing on or ingesting parts of this plant to avoid potential toxicity. If you suspect your pet has ingested bearded iris, contact a veterinarian promptly.

  • 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

    • Ornamental Value: The Iris 'Peacock Pavane' is known for its striking flowers, which can add beauty and visual interest to gardens and landscapes.
    • Drought Tolerance: Once established, this iris variety has good drought tolerance, making it suitable for gardens with lower water availability.
    • Pollinator Attraction: The flowers attract bees, butterflies, and other pollinators, supporting biodiversity and aiding in the pollination of nearby plants.
    • Low Maintenance: Irises generally require minimal care once they are established, making them a convenient choice for gardeners of all levels.
    • Tolerance to Pests and Diseases: This type of iris may be resistant to common pests and diseases, reducing the need for chemical interventions.
    • Soil Versatility: Irises can adapt to various soil conditions, though they prefer well-draining soils.
    • Seasonal Interest: With blooms typically in late spring to early summer, they provide seasonal interest and color when many other plants are not in flower.
    • Cold Hardy: The Iris 'Peacock Pavane' is capable of withstanding colder temperatures, making it suitable for gardens in cooler climates.
    • Easy Propagation: Irises can be easily propagated by dividing the rhizomes, allowing gardeners to expand their collection or share with others.

  • 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 'Peacock Pavane' petals can be used to create a natural dye for fabrics, offering a range of colors from yellows to purples depending on the mordant used.
    • The fibers from the leaves of the Iris may be crafted into baskets, ropes, or even paper, utilizing traditional techniques for extracting and weaving plant fibers.
    • Dried Iris blooms can be incorporated into potpourri blends for their subtle fragrance and striking color, enhancing the visual appeal of the mixture.
    • The rhizomes of some Iris varieties have been historically used to stabilize riverbanks and prevent erosion due to their extensive root systems.
    • Their bold patterned flowers can serve as a natural inspiration for artists and designers, influencing patterns in textiles, wallpapers, and other decorative items.
    • Dried Iris seed pods can be used in floral arrangements for added texture and interest or even as a unique element in jewelry making.
    • The plant's structural form and aesthetic can be studied for biomimicry applications in architecture and design, offering insights into durable and water-resistant structures.
    • Ink made from Iris petals can be used for traditional calligraphy or for making art prints, providing an unusual medium with a distinct hue.
    • The plant can play a role in educational gardens or biodiversity projects, serving as a living example of plant taxonomy and genetic heritage due to its distinct cultivar characteristics.
    • Iris 'Peacock Pavane' serves as an important nectar source for pollinators in the garden ecosystem, supporting bees, butterflies, and other insects.

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

    • Royalty: The Iris 'Peacock Pavane', often associated with the royal fleur-de-lis emblem, symbolizes nobility and regal bearing.
    • Wisdom: This plant also signifies wisdom, alluding to the Greek goddess Iris, who was a messenger for the gods and a symbol of communication and wisdom.
    • Faith: The iris is emblematic of faith and trust in various cultures and traditions.
    • Hope: Its resilience and the way it blooms in spring can represent hope for the future.
    • Purity: The iris’s bright, clean appearance is often linked to concepts of purity.

Every 7-10 days
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring-Early Summer
Not needed
  • water dropWater

    The tall bearded iris, including 'Peacock Pavane', prefers to be watered deeply but infrequently. Watering should be done once a week to ten days, providing at least a gallon of water per square yard of soil to thoroughly soak the root zone. During hot and dry periods, this frequency may need to increase slightly to prevent the soil from drying out completely. Conversely, during periods of rain or cool weather, watering frequency should be reduced. Avoid overhead watering to prevent issues with leaf spot diseases and ensure the water is directed at the soil level.

  • sunLight

    The tall bearded iris thrives in full sunlight, requiring a minimum of six hours of direct sunlight per day to flourish. The ideal spot for 'Peacock Pavane' would be an open space away from larger plants or buildings that could create shade. A southern or western exposure is often ideal to provide the maximum amount of sunlight for healthy growth and maximum blooming.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Tall bearded irises, such as 'Peacock Pavane', are hardy and can withstand temperatures as low as -20°F and as high as 90°F, but they grow best when daytime temperatures are between 55°F and 75°F. To ensure vigorous growth and flowering, try to avoid prolonged exposure to temperatures outside this range, especially extreme heat.

  • scissorsPruning

    Prune the tall bearded iris by removing spent flower stems down to the base of the plant to encourage neatness and prevent seed formation, which can sap energy from the rhizomes. After blooming is finished, typically once a year, trimming damaged or diseased leaves can promote healthy growth. The best time for a more thorough pruning is in late summer or early fall, when you can cut back the leaves to a height of about 6 inches in preparation for the winter.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Bearded Iris like 'Peacock Pavane' thrive best in well-draining, loamy soil with a slightly acidic to neutral pH, between 6.8 and 7.0. A mix with good aeration that can hold moisture without becoming waterlogged is ideal. Amending garden soil with compost and coarse sand can create a suitable environment for these irises. Regular fertilization with a balanced, low-nitrogen fertilizer will promote healthy growth and blooming.

  • plantRepotting

    Bearded Irises including 'Peacock Pavane' are generally not grown in pots and therefore do not need repotting. Instead, they should be divided every 3 to 5 years in the garden to maintain vigour and flower production. Dividing the rhizomes encourages rejuvenation and prevents overcrowding.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Bearded Irises like 'Peacock Pavane' are not particularly humidity sensitive and can thrive in the average outdoor humidity levels found in most temperate climates. They do well with natural air circulation and do not require additional humidity controls.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright, indirect light with good air flow.

    • Outdoor

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

    • Hardiness zone

      3-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The life cycle of the Iris 'Peacock Pavane', commonly known as Bearded Iris, begins with seed germination, though it is more commonly propagated through division of its rhizomes. After planting, the rhizomes grow roots and shoots, often establishing themselves within a few weeks, leading to vegetative growth where leaves expand and photosynthesize to fuel further development. In spring to early summer, the plant matures and produces tall stems with vibrant flowers, showcasing its signature 'beards' - fuzzy structures on the falls of the flowers. After blooming, the plant focuses energy on strengthening the rhizome for the coming year. As the blooming season ends, seed pods may form, and once dried, they release seeds which can be used to propagate new plants, although this is a less common method compared to division. Finally, the plant enters a period of dormancy in the winter, which is important for rest before the cycle begins anew with the return of warmer weather.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Propogation: The Iris 'Peacock Pavane', commonly referred to as Bearded Iris, is typically propagated through division of its rhizomes. This method is favorable as it ensures a true-to-type plant and helps rejuvenate older clumps, which can become less vigorous over time. The best time for dividing Bearded Iris rhizomes is late summer, usually around July to September, after they have flowered and have begun to go dormant. To propagate by division, carefully lift the clump of rhizomes from the soil using a spade or fork. Clean off the excess soil and separate the rhizomes by snapping them apart at the natural joints, making sure each division has at least one fan of leaves and a section of rhizome. The leaves should be trimmed to a third of their original height, approximately 4 to 6 inches (about 10 to 15 centimeters), to reduce water loss. Finally, replant the divisions, setting the rhizome just at or slightly below the soil surface, and water them in well.