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PlantFiles: Tall Bearded Iris
Iris 'Apollodorus'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Apollodorus
Hybridized by Tompkins; Year of Registration or Introduction: 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:
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 hespiris 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!

Positive doss 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.

Positive carolann 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.


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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