Tall Bearded Iris
Iris 'American Classic'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: American Classic
Hybridized by Schreiner
Registered or introduced: 1996
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Class:

Tall Bearded (TB)

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 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

Bloom Color:

Blue-Violet

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Early midseason (EM)

Midseason (M)

Late Midseason (MLa)

Foliage:

Herbaceous

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):

Honorable Mention

Award of Merit

Regional

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

, (2 reports)

Tucson, Arizona

Anacoco, Louisiana

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Cut Bank, Montana

Beatrice, Nebraska

Salem, New Jersey

Lawton, Oklahoma

Grants Pass, Oregon

West Newton, Pennsylvania

Sweetwater, Tennessee

Vancouver, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

3
positives
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Jul 4, 2011, EstelleMirage from Ste-Victoire
Canada wrote:

Grows well in Southern Quebec (limit of zones 4b and 5a) too.

Positive

On Jul 28, 2008, KSBaptisia from Beatrice, NE (Zone 5b) wrote:

Good grower, nice looking plicata

Neutral

On Mar 19, 2006, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

American Iris Society Awards: Honorable Mention 1998; Award of Merit 2001

Positive

On Nov 16, 2003, Margiempv from Oro Valley, AZ (Zone 9a) wrote:

Does well in desert climates with afternoon shade.