‘Purring Tiger’ Siberian Iris Has Truly Unique Coloring

Fine Gardening – Issue 218
Purring Tiger Siberian iris
Photo: courtesy of Walters Gardens Inc.

Siberian irises are known for filling the bloom gap between late spring and midsummer. They blossom after Japanese iris (I. ensata, Zones 4–9) but before bearded iris (I. germanica, Zones 3–9). This 2024 introduction sports a compact habit that allows it to hold the stems of heavy blooms aloft without fuss. Each flower has saffron-yellow signals (outer petals) highlighted by dusty purple-blue veins. The center is a solid amethyst hue. The interesting, tiger-like striping is certainly the cat’s meow.

‘Purring Tiger’ Siberian iris

Iris sibirica ‘Purring Tiger’

Zones: 3–9

Size: 18 inches tall and wide

Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; consistently moist soil

Native range: Europe, central Asia


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