Red Kite

Red Kite is one of our Classic Red Bearded Irises, a deep intense ‘wine coloured red’, appreciably darker than the popular ‘Red Pike’, and deeper still than Henry Sidgwick.  Real lustrous ‘Velvet’ texture to flowers with characteristic branching. A stunning distinctive plant that goes well with other strong colours. Named after the Raptor which was making a comeback to the UK in the 1990’s after many years absence.

My father always said the ‘reds’ were the most difficult colours to hybridise. This is one of his best and a great addition to the colour range on offer.

Red Kite works well as a stand alone plant when planted in a group or in blocks; brilliant planted with other hot colours, orange and magenta, and striking when planted with pinks. This is a highly versatile iris.

Bred by Bryan Dodsworth Height 38” (97cm). Red/wine. Bronze beards. Registered 1993.

DISCOUNTS are available for larger purchases: (1-2) Plants £16.50/(3-5) Plants £16.00/(6-8) £15.50/(9+) £14.75.


Mid Bloom


Due to popular demand, this variety is not currently available. Please email us and we will get back to you when new stock arrives. We are happy to mail you an availability report biennially so that you have the most up to date information.

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Planting Instructions

Irises are hardy and easy to grow providing instructions are followed correctly. Full instructions are provided with each order or you can read more on our Planting Irises page.

Delivery Information

Plants are dispatched by post between April and October each year. The delivery charge is based on the number of plants purchased and the delivery destination.