Stepping Out Tall Bearded Iris

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With delicately ruffled, dark-violet petals and violet-edged, snowy-white lower petals, Stepping Out Tall Bearded Iris (Iris germanica 'Stepping Out') creates an aesthetic contrast that is sure to garner the attention and admiration of any onlookers stepping by your garden!

Backed by clumps of strappy, upright green leaves upon tall waving stems, your Stepping Out Tall Bearded Iris is a flowering perennial that is easy to grow, hardy, and pest-resistant. 'Stepping Out' is a favorite among pollinators, yet deer and rabbits tend to pass it by. The blossoms rise above the earth on deep-green, willowy stems

This Bearded Iris, also called German Iris, has garnered quite a reputation! Since its introduction, it has won numerous awards and is still listed as one of the top ten in the American Iris Society's, "100 Most Popular Bearded Iris" list. Producing such a gorgeous flower, it is easy to see why it has earned such acclaim! Hardy throughout USDA planting zones 3 to 9, the 38-inch tall stems only spread about 2 feet wide.

Planting and Application:

These incredibly showy two-tone blooms stand out among other plants not only because of their vibrant colors, but also their height! Soaring over most perennials, the tall flowering wands wave in the breeze! Pollinators galore will fly by for a sip of nectar, and you may even see a Hummingbird or two!

Amplify this effect by planting Stepping Out in groupings or long rows as backdrops, along pathways and your home's foundation, or as groupings throughout mixed Perennial borders, Rock Gardens, and Cottage gardens!

The 2-foot spread of these perennial plants are great for container gardening thrillers, so you can enjoy these vibrant flowers and their vertical textured leaves anywhere sunny, even if you have no room left in your landscape! Don't forget to snip some of the strong stems for fabulous floral bouquet additions too!

  • Dramatic Purple Flowers With White Splashed & Speckled Petals
  • Pollinator-Friendly & Profuse Bloomer
  • Bee, Butterfly & Hummingbird Friendly
  • Fragrant & Wonderful Cut Flowers
  • Tall Strong Stems & Strappy Upright Foliage Clumps
  • Sun Landscapes, Pollinator Gardens, Groupings & Containers

#ProPlantTips For Care

Tall Bearded Iris are clump-forming perennials that grow via spreading underground rhizomes. Iris will grow best in full sun locations of your garden but appreciate some afternoon shade in hotter growing zones. Iris prefers to be planted in well-draining, average to moist soil but can manage drier conditions as well.

Top-dress with a 3-4 inch deep layer of mulch around the base to conserve moisture and protect the rhizomes, which prefer to be partly planted in the ground instead of planted deeply. Deadhead the flowers as they fade and trim back the foliage when it yellows in the autumn. Every 3-5 years, divide the clumps to keep them growing vigorously.

This delightful plant is relatively low maintenance and hardy. Deer and rabbits seldom bother with them and they have few pests and diseases when kept stress-free.

  • Full Sun & Afternoon Shade
  • Moderate Moisture Needs
  • Well-Drained Rich Soil
  • Deadhead After Flowers Fade & Trim Stems in Late Autumn
  • Pest, Deer & Rabbit-Resistant

Stepping Out Tall Bearded Iris is an apt name for this award-winning form of German Iris. Its beauty is akin to being "all dressed up for a night on the town", and is sure to bring that same elegance and excitement to your yard year after year. Order yours at today!

Information About Bare Root Iris

Plant Iris about 15-18 inches apart. 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.

When planting, 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.

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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Stepping Out 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 'Stepping Out'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 38 inches
Mature Spread 18 - 24 inches
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Moderate to Low
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Deep Purple & White
Foliage Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Late Autumn
Fragrant Yes