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PlantFiles: Tall Bearded Iris
Iris 'Aggressively Forward'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Aggressively Forward
Hybridized by Innerst; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1994

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13 members have or want this plant for trade.

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:
Flowers are fragrant
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):
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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive LauraSteele 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!

Positive kprp 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.

Positive kdjoergensen 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.


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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