PlantFiles: Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris Iris 'Cherry Garden'
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Spacing: 9-12 in. (22-30 cm) 12-15 in. (30-38 cm) 15-18 in. (38-45 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: Purple Maroon (Purple-Brown)
Bloom Time: Midseason (M)
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: N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed
Awards (if applicable): High Commendation Honorable Mention Cook- Douglas Medal (SDB)
On Apr 21, 2013, eukofios from Vancouver, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:
Very nice little iris. The first of many varieties to bloom in my garden, mid April in Vancouver WA. A welcome sight for spring.
Needs to be at front of border, raised bed, or possibly in container, due to diminutive size. Elegant color and flower shape. I bought this as a small plant on closeout, and it multiplied quickly and bloomed nicely the first spring after planting.
I'm trying to stick with historic irises, and as a 1966 introduction, this fits into that category.
On Jul 22, 2012, lillibeth from Val-Morin Canada wrote:
I have been gardening since 1997 when we moved from the city to the country. The first plant that I bought was a Cherry Garden iris. I have bought one more the year after.
They multiplied so much that I have hundreds of them now. One year while dividing them one dropped and fell below a rock wall we have, I saw it the year after and it just grew there.
They are beautiful, I have never had any problem whatsoever, no insects, no disease. We have long and hard winters in Quebec and I only put conifer branches over them for the winter. A bit of bulb fertilizer in the spring and after flowers have faded, a bit of water when in growth and cut their leaves in the Fall. I recommend them very strongly, they are a delight.
On Feb 14, 2008, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:
High Commendation 1966, Honorable Mention 1968, Cook-Douglas 1972
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Rock Falls, Illinois Cedar Rapids, Iowa Durham, Maine South Paris, Maine Halfway, Maryland Blanchard, Michigan Arden Hills, Minnesota Deer River, Minnesota Robertsville, Missouri Cut Bank, Montana Auburn, New Hampshire Union, New Jersey Concord, North Carolina North River, North Dakota Vancouver, Washington