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PlantFiles: Tall Bearded Iris
Iris 'Cherokee Heritage'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Cherokee Heritage
Hybridized by Nichols; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1991

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7 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)

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:
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:
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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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Mcman704 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!

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

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

Positive txgimgim 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.


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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