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Tall Bearded Iris 'Meadow Lark'


Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Meadow Lark
Hybridized by Tharp
Registered or introduced: 1940
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Tall Bearded (TB)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:


Gold (Yellow-Orange)

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Midseason (M)



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Awards (if applicable):

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Kingston, New York

Concord, North Carolina

Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 11, 2014, themikesmom from Concord, NC wrote:

MEADOW LARK 1940 Tharp, Mary, Mrs. MTB-Midseason Bloomtime [(Y. Seedling) x (Euphony)] This Beautiful Miniature Tall Bearded Iris was Created by Mrs. Mary Tharp of Payette, Idaho. Beautiful Greenish Yellow Standards on True Lemon Yellow Falls completely covered in Browish Speckling and Lovely Brown Veining, even through the Whitish Area on the Falls. Has a Real Standout Presence in the Garden. These Large, almost Plicata-like Whitish Areas on the Falls, and Beard, almost appear the Palest Sky Blue Color in the Sunlight, especially from a distance and between the veining, making it Quite Haunting and Beautiful, and a Favorite of Ours. This Iris is Currently carried by both Blue J Iris in NE, and Williamson's Flower Farm in TN. Another famous Tharp Iris 'Honey Chile' is carried by Superstiti... read more


On Dec 29, 2008, hespiris from Kingston, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

This is a shorter TB that performs great in the front of the border. Bright and robust! Color code is Y5D rev.