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Tall Bearded Iris 'Apollodorus'


Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Apollodorus
Hybridized by Tompkins
Registered or introduced: 1989
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Tall Bearded (TB)


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)

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:

Gold (Yellow-Orange)


Bloom Time:

Midseason (M)

Late Midseason (MLa)

Late (La)



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:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Anchorage, Alaska

Stanford, California

Yosemite Lakes, California

Richmond, Indiana

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Manhattan, Kansas (2 reports)

Smithville, Mississippi

Alton, Missouri

Robertsville, Missouri

Auburn, New Hampshire

Lake Placid, New York

Albemarle, North Carolina

Greeneville, Tennessee

Portsmouth, Virginia

Roanoke, Virginia

Parkersburg, West Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 31, 2009, hespiris from Kingston, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

Apollodorus stopped me in my tracks when I first saw it. Much, MUCH nicer than the pictures ever admit to!


On May 11, 2005, doss from Stanford, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Apollodorus is a stand out in the garden. It blooms mid-late season here and is about 38 inches tall. The flowers are a good size and the stalks and flowers have good substance.


On Jun 19, 2003, carolann from Auburn, NH wrote:

This cultivar produces a lovely color contrast that really stands out in the garden. It is a shorter variety of tall bearded iris, may easily be classified as an intermediate but blooms later with the talls.