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PlantFiles: 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; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1975

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Intermediate Bearded (IB)

18-24 in. (45-60 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
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Midseason (M)
Late Midseason (MLa)
Late (La)


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:

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)

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive PrimroseSue 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 Mainer 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 Joan 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 Elizabethtown 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.


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
Belfield, North Dakota
Coshocton, Ohio
Sawyer, Oklahoma
Columbia, South Carolina
Conway, South Carolina
Greeneville, Tennessee
Madison, Wisconsin
Tomah, Wisconsin

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