Ocelot Tall Bearded Iris

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Bold bi-color! Pounce on this stunning Iris while we still have it in stock! The Ocelot Tall Bearded Iris (Iris germanica 'Ocelot') has the catlike mystery and exoticism of its feline namesake. With its peachy-salmon standards and dark, velvety burgundy-violet falls, it's easy to see why this remarkable German Iris variety earned its various awards from the American Iris Society!

It features peachy standards with frilly edges and ruffled black-violet falls. And as bright as a cat's eyes, the Ocelot Tall Bearded Iris's apricot beards pop against its purple and pale orange. The brilliant fuzzy orange beards are a delightful touch and the perfect place for pollinators to land on as well! Beyond the hummingbirds and bees, the Ocelot Tall Bearded Iris receives more attention than most Iris varieties!

With up to eight double buds per season, it's no wonder that the Ocelot is a gardener's favorite! This mid-season bloomer bursts with color atop its strong semi-evergreen foliage. With long pale green sword-like leaves, the Ocelot Tall Bearded Iris is perfect in any herbaceous border. While incredibly cold-hardy perennial rhizomes down to USDA planting zone 3, remaining evergreen in warmer and frost-free planting zones up to 9!

Planting and Application:

Ideal for the Pollinator garden, when the Ocelot Tall Bearded Iris blooms, you can expect a wide range of local pollinators to stop by! From butterflies to Hummingbirds, this brilliant Iris is irresistible. It may be its high-contrast color scheme or its sweet scent, but the Ocelot Iris is sure to be a pit stop for your nearby pollinators.

This bi-colored stunner is a show-stopping addition to cut flower gardens for bouquets, the garden border along sidewalks and pathways, or as a foundation plant. Its contrast makes it impossible to ignore when planted along the fence line, around a fountain, or other beside your hardscaping. Any Cottage border and mixed Perennial garden gain a showy specimen, architectural foliage backdrop, or bold-grouped plantings.

The Ocelot Tall Bearded Iris will thrive when planted in a Container in spring, otherwise After being established, this plant is quite drought tolerant and won't require you to water it often. That makes the Bearded Iris ideal for Rock Gardens and naturalizing in drifts throughout the sunny landscape!

  • Large Bi-Colored Peach & Violet Blooms With Bright Orange Beards
  • Strong Stems & Vertical Sword-Like Foliage
  • Attracts Beneficial Pollinators & Hummingbirds
  • Outstanding Cut Flowers
  • Beds & Borders, Backdrops, Mass Plantings & Specimens

#ProPlantTips for Care:

For best performance, provide Ocelot Tall Bearded Iris with a sunny spot or partially sunny spot to show off its iridescent foliage and striking blooms. It also does best in soil that drains quickly with moderate or low moisture levels. This plant adapts well to a wide range of soil types and does not require much attention after being established. Iris deer and rabbit resistant as well!

Deadhead blooms as they fade to encourage the new buds to take over, then prune down the entire plant back to the ground in the autumn. Cover the rhizomes with mulch, compost, and/or boughs of evergreens for the winter.

Information About Bare Root Iris

Bare root Iris are shipped as nice fresh-cut divisions with two to three fans of green tops. Keep in mind each Iris variety can have slightly different-sized roots. Container plants are well-grown in the nursery for several years in their container to establish a strong root system.

When planting Iris, best when planted in early to mid-fall, make sure 1/3rd of the rhizome is exposed to sunlight with the roots buried underneath. Note, that it's best to cover the rhizome with a thin layer of mulch or leaves to protect it during the coldest months but make sure to uncover them in the spring.

  • Full Sun & Afternoon Shade
  • Well-Drained Enriched Soil
  • Moderate Moisture Needs
  • Deadhead After Flowers Fade & Prune Back in Late Autumn
  • Deer, Rabbit & Squirrel Resistant Rhizomes

This easy-to-grow and striking Iris is guaranteed to turn heads and add drama to your landscape. This bi-colored iris is easy to care for and offers unparalleled style. Don't miss out on your opportunity for the Ocelot Tall Bearded Iris to add mystique to your garden and order one at NatureHills.com today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Ocelot Tall Bearded Iris Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-9
Growing Zones 3-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Iris germanica 'Ocelot'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 2 - 3 feet
Mature Spread 1 - 2 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate to Low
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Peachy Standards & Dark Burgundy-Purple Falls
Foliage Perennial
Foliage Color Gray Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Late Autumn
Fragrant Yes