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PlantFiles: Tall Bearded Iris
Iris 'Afternoon Delight'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Afternoon Delight
Hybridized by Ernst; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1983

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20 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tall Bearded (TB)


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:

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:

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

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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Joan On May 22, 2007, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Awards: Honorable Mention 1989; Award of Merit 1993

Positive Babbage02 On May 18, 2005, Babbage02 from North Richland Hills, TX wrote:

reliable bloom each year, minimum 2 week show of color in my area usually around mid April.

Neutral mystic On Dec 15, 2004, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Honorable Mention 1993

Positive Margiempv On Nov 27, 2004, Margiempv from Oro Valley, AZ (Zone 9a) wrote:

One of the best growers I have. Strong sturdy plants, very dependable, and always puts on a show.


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

, (2 reports)
Phoenix, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Bakersfield, California
Yosemite Lakes, California
Monroe, Connecticut
Rexburg, Idaho
Seymour, Indiana (2 reports)
Burlington, Iowa
Derby, Kansas
Oskaloosa, Kansas
Anacoco, Louisiana
Durham, Maine
West Springfield, Massachusetts
Blanchard, Michigan
Gladwin, Michigan
Deer River, Minnesota
Alton, Missouri
Brunswick, Missouri
Shepherd, Montana
Salem, New Jersey
Corrales, New Mexico
Lawton, Oklahoma
Grants Pass, Oregon
Crystal Spring, Pennsylvania
Greeneville, Tennessee
Readyville, Tennessee
Sweetwater, Tennessee
Crosby, Texas

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