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PlantFiles: Tall Bearded Iris
Iris 'Babbling Brook'

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Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Babbling Brook
Hybridized by Keppel; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1965

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Class:
Tall Bearded (TB)

Height:
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:
Light Blue

Bloom Time:
Midseason (M)

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):
High Commendation
Honorable Mention
Award of Merit
Dykes Memorial Medal
John C. Wister Memorial Medal (TB)

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Profile:

3 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive SusieSunflower On Jan 4, 2012, SusieSunflower from Wichita, KS (Zone 6a) wrote:

Described as a light blue self with pale lemon beard. A large, well shaped, lightly ruffled self that quickly sun fades to a very pale, almost white blue. It's a favorite in my iris bed.

Positive Claudine On Jun 24, 2010, Claudine from Montrose, CO (Zone 5a) wrote:

Multiple large blooms per stalk. Cool blue color stands out well against the darker (black) irises.

Neutral Joan On Dec 26, 2005, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Awards: American Iris Society Highest Commendation 1965, Honorable Mention 1967, Award of Merit 1969, Dykes Medal 1972

Positive NellPercy On Jun 20, 2003, NellPercy from Ponca City, OK wrote:

Keppel 1966 38" HISTORIC Light blue self DM 1972

Neutral Crimson On May 31, 2003, Crimson from Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b) wrote:

Sold as a shade of blue, it's not even remotely blue, it's a soft lavender color. Grows well, needs staking against wind when in bloom. Large flowers, multi-blooms. Grew best in full sun, well watered (not sandy) soil.
Plant info that came with this plant:
Height: 38", Space 18-30" apart, moist/fertile soil, Full sun in North/Part shade in South, Divide every 3-4 years for best blooms.

Regional...

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

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Corona De Tucson, Arizona
Happy Jack, Arizona
San Jose, California
Denver, Colorado
Montrose, Colorado
Boise City, Idaho
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Wichita, Kansas
Preston, Maryland
Robertsville, Missouri
Belfield, North Dakota
Milan, Ohio
Lawton, Oklahoma
Ponca City, Oklahoma
Celina, Tennessee
Sweetwater, Tennessee
Lampasas, Texas
Mc Lean, Virginia
Madison, Wisconsin



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