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PlantFiles: Tall Bearded Iris
Iris 'Autumn Circus'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Autumn Circus
Hybridized by Hager; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1990

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Tall Bearded (TB)

24-36 in. (60-90 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)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Early (E)
Reblooming (Re)


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are good for cutting

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)
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

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

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4 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive joanmwc On Apr 29, 2013, joanmwc from Clanton, AL (Zone 7b) wrote:

This iris bloomed four different times for me last year. It multiplies really well and its blooms are prolific. Mine gets morning sun and afternoon shade and is thriving. Pictures can't really do justice to this flower.

Neutral Joan On May 22, 2007, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Awards: Honorable Mention 1994

Positive Margiempv On Nov 27, 2004, Margiempv from Oro Valley, AZ (Zone 9a) wrote:

Very good grower and a healthy plant. Reblooms in the fall/winter.

Positive tazzy On Nov 17, 2004, tazzy from Sand Springs, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Hard to remonte In OK> When it blooms in Fall has good strong tall stalks,same as spring bloom. Bloom dates 2004 May 5th and Nov. 17
S. white lightly peppered blue violet / F. white bold lines radiating from white beard ,blue violet edge /blue to yellow in throat.

Positive txgimgim On Sep 17, 2004, txgimgim from Palo Pinto, TX wrote:

This iris has increased well for me. I have it growing in a bed that developed some bacterial rot in some of the iris. This iris developed rot, but with treatment it is coming back as strong as it was originally. Many others succumbed to rot.


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

Clanton, Alabama
Tucson, Arizona
Yosemite Lakes, California
Oskaloosa, Kansas
Anacoco, Louisiana
Danvers, Massachusetts
Revere, Massachusetts
Clawson, Michigan
Brunswick, Missouri
Candler, North Carolina
Morehead City, North Carolina
Statesville, North Carolina
Brinkhaven, Ohio
Bartlesville, Oklahoma
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Albany, Oregon
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Greeneville, Tennessee
Readyville, Tennessee
Midland, Texas
Palo Pinto, Texas
Mc Lean, Virginia

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