Tall Bearded Iris 'Cherokee Heritage'


Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Cherokee Heritage
Hybridized by Nichols
Registered or introduced: 1991
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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)


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

Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow


White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Extra early (EE)

Midseason (M)



Other details:

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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:

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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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Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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


Tucson, Arizona

Liscomb, Iowa

Oskaloosa, Kansas

Lake Placid, New York

Lawton, Oklahoma

Greeneville, Tennessee

Palo Pinto, Texas (2 reports)

Portsmouth, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 24, 2010, Mcman704 from Liscomb, IA wrote:

I planted 3 rhizomes last summer and this week I have a dozen or more beautiful blooms. I have done nothing what-so-ever to this iris since planting it last year. I don't think I even watered it when I put it in the ground. In fact, it's a lot bigger/taller then what I thought it would be and will probably need to divide and move part of it to a second location this fall.
I am definately happy with this addition!


On Mar 20, 2006, Margiempv from Oro Valley, AZ (Zone 9a) wrote:

Lovely......................but is a hard one to keep growing...at least here for me. Needs a lot of attention to do well.


On Dec 1, 2003, txgimgim from Palo Pinto, TX wrote:

Absolutely loved this little iris. First year bloom was rather short but strong stems. Plenty of buds and after first flush of flowers, bloomed again two weeks later.