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PlantFiles: Tall Bearded Iris
Iris 'Betty Simon'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Betty Simon
Hybridized by Hamblen; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1975

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3 members have or want this plant for trade.

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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Midseason (MLa)


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

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

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

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Elizabethtown On Jun 18, 2005, Elizabethtown from Hagerstown, MD (Zone 6a) wrote:

After many years of figuring this iris out, between heavy shade as a novice and iris borers trying to get their share of each rhizome I finally got bloom enought to confirm plant identity.

Positive KDePetrillo On Jul 14, 2004, KDePetrillo from North Scituate, RI (Zone 6a) wrote:

This iris, one of the older varieties, is one of my favorites -- I really like the muted tones. I started with 3 plants back in the 70s and am now down to just one (iris borers, the bane of my gardening existence!). A couple of years ago, I transplanted my remaining "Betty Simon" to the vegetable garden and have been letting her grow on there. The idea is that eventually I'll be able to divide her and have more plants. For some reason, the iris borers didn't discover the iris transplanted to the vegetables garden until this year, and I've been able to destroy them before they reach the rhizome. This is a sturdy, reliable plant -- unless you have borers.

Positive mhelm On Jun 10, 2004, mhelm from Fargo, ND wrote:

Lovely iris. It looks like it's made of porcelain.


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

Tucson, Arizona
Clio, California
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Hagerstown, Maryland
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Marble Hill, Missouri
Shepherd, Montana
Fargo, North Dakota
North Scituate, Rhode Island

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