Tall Bearded Iris 'Aggressively Forward'


Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Aggressively Forward
Hybridized by Innerst
Registered or introduced: 1994
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Tall Bearded (TB)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow


Bloom Time:

Midseason (M)



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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):

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

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:


Cottonwood, Arizona

Vail, Arizona

Monroe, Connecticut

Williamsville, Illinois

Fort Wayne, Indiana

Oskaloosa, Kansas

Shepherd, Montana

Pittstown, New Jersey

Salem, New Jersey

South Plainfield, New Jersey

Coshocton, Ohio

Celina, Tennessee

Sweetwater, Tennessee

San Saba, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 13, 2012, LauraSteele from Fort Wayne, IN wrote:

This is the kind of iris you either love it or hate it. I love it for the tan standards and the purple-edged white falls. My neighbor thinks it looks weird and kind of dead because of the tan in it. This iris bloomed for over 3 weeks for me this last year and has a fast, reliable increase, too. Makes it easy to share with others. I never want to be without this iris!


On Aug 27, 2010, kprp from Saint Louis, MO wrote:

Strong grower, good increase. Interesting coloration. Agree with previous poster, yellow color is muddy but still a handsome and unique iris.


On May 18, 2005, kdjoergensen from Waxhaw (Charlotte), NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Very nice iris with high bud count. Blooms early in my yard. The yellow color is a bit "dirty" which seems to be the only drawback, but otherwise it is really nice.