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PlantFiles: Tall Bearded Iris
Iris 'Buckwheat'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Buckwheat
Hybridized by Byers; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1988

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3 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tall Bearded (TB)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
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)
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:
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:
Midseason (M)
Late Midseason (MLa)
Reblooming (Re)


Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
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:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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3 positives
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive landreyev On Sep 28, 2014, landreyev from Sandyville, WV (Zone 6b) wrote:

I purchased this variety and planted it about 2 months ago. It's already blooming and is beautiful with a sweet fragrance. It has also produced several offsets in addition to the bloom.

Positive rilpro On Aug 3, 2009, rilpro from Modesto, CA wrote:

Great rebloomer in Modesto, CA

Negative Homefire On Aug 30, 2007, Homefire from Portsmouth, VA wrote:

I grew this iris for 3 years here in Virginia. It did rebloom, but the flowers on this iris is far inferior to the other 300+ irises I grow. To me, it is a substandard iris. There are much better and more beautiful rebloomers out there

Positive Margiempv On Nov 25, 2006, Margiempv from Oro Valley, AZ (Zone 9a) wrote:

Reblooms easily.


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

Tucson, Arizona
Modesto, California
New Haven, Connecticut
Hanson, Kentucky
Robertsville, Missouri
Weatherby, Missouri
Lawton, Oklahoma
Columbia, South Carolina
Portsmouth, Virginia
Sandyville, West Virginia

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