Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris 'Bedford Lilac'


Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Bedford Lilac
Hybridized by Jones
Registered or introduced: 1990
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Standard Dwarf Bearded (SDB)


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)


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)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Light Blue

Bloom Time:

Midseason (M)



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

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

Seed Collecting:

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

Cook- Douglas Medal (SDB)

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:

Macy, Indiana

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Hagerstown, Maryland

Deer River, Minnesota

Shepherd, Montana

Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 17, 2006, TBGDN from (Zone 5a) wrote:

BEDFORD LILAC: (Bennett Jones, R. 1990). Sdlg. 362-1. SDB 11" (28 cm) M. "Flax blue (HCC 642/1), deeper blended F. spot; self beards. Sapphire Jewel X 297-1: ((Blithe Blue x ((Meadow Moss x 175) x (Gingerbread Man x Meadow Moss))) x ((Gingerbread Man x Meadow Moss) x (Meadow Moss x Kentucky Bluegrass)))., Bennett Jones 1991. HM 1993, AM 1995, Cook 1997": Excellent growth and prolific bloom habits. Sometimes will open four falls on several blooms within a clump. Completely winter hardy here. Although it is listed 'officially' as flax blue, a lavender cast is strong. Nice!


On Dec 18, 2005, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Awards: American Iris Society Honorable Mention '93, Award of Merit '95, Cook-Douglas Medal '97