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PlantFiles: Tall Bearded Iris
Iris 'Cherry Smoke'

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Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Cherry Smoke
Hybridized by Meek; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1977

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Class:
Tall Bearded (TB)

Height:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:
12-15 in. (30-38 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:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Late Midseason (MLa)

Foliage:
Herbaceous

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

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):
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Profile:

1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Neutral Joan On May 23, 2007, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Awards: Honorable Mention 1980; Award of Merit 1984

Positive TBGDN On Feb 18, 2006, TBGDN from Macy, IN wrote:

CHERRY SMOKE: (D. Meek, R. 1977). Sdlg. 51-3-9. TB 34" (86 cm) M-L. "S. deep red-black; F. same, heavily ruffled; bronze beard tipped violet. Montego Bay X Dark Valley., D & J Gardens 1978." The foregoing description is provided by the American Iris Society. I like this iris a lot, however it is a slow grower with even slower increase. I don't like to be critical of an iris but that is the only fault I find with it. All the rest is positive: Blooms, color and appearance are all very good. Grows to only about 30" here, but overall a good garden plant.

Regional...

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

Tucson, Arizona (2 reports)
Macy, Indiana
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Alton, Missouri
Robertsville, Missouri
Salem, New Jersey
Greeneville, Tennessee
Harker Heights, Texas



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