Intermediate Bearded Iris
Iris 'Raspberry Blush'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Raspberry Blush
Hybridized by Hamblen
Registered or introduced: 1975
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Class:

Intermediate Bearded (IB)

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink

Pink

Rose/Mauve

Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:

Midseason (M)

Late Midseason (MLa)

Late (La)

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

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

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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

Awards (if applicable):

Honorable Mention

Award of Merit

Hans and Jacob Sass Medal (IB)

Regional

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

, (2 reports)

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Salvisa, Kentucky

Durham, Maine

Hagerstown, Maryland

Medway, Massachusetts

Robertsville, Missouri

Auburn, New Hampshire

Concord, North Carolina

Belfield, North Dakota

Coshocton, Ohio

Sawyer, Oklahoma

Columbia, South Carolina

Conway, South Carolina

Greeneville, Tennessee

Madison, Wisconsin

Tomah, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:

3
positives
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Jul 28, 2008, PrimroseSue from Medway, MA (Zone 5b) wrote:

I've had this iris for three years now, and I look forward to it each year. It has a large flower head that is so beautiful! Probably my favorite iris.

Positive

On Jan 29, 2007, Mainer from Durham, ME (Zone 3a) wrote:

I am impressed with this lovely pink iris. Not only did it survive the flood like rains, it bloomed and multipled.

Neutral

On Dec 21, 2005, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Awards: American Iris Society Honorable Mention '77, Award of Merit '79, Hans and Jacob Sass Medal '81

Positive

On Jun 14, 2005, Elizabethtown from Hagerstown, MD (Zone 6a) wrote:

IB - 20" (51 cm). Blooms M-L.
According to the Iris Register, "S. raspberry-pink; F. raspberry on upper half, raspberry-pink on lower half; raspberry beard." (Pretty Karen sib X Dove Wings).
Sometimes the raspberry really leans to lavender.