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PlantFiles: Tall Bearded Iris
Iris 'Clarence'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Clarence
Hybridized by Zurbrigg; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1990

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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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Midseason (M)
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:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Awards (if applicable):
Honorable Mention
Award of Merit
John C. Wister Memorial Medal (TB)

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11 positives
4 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive eolivas103 On Dec 29, 2013, eolivas103 from Las Cruces, NM (Zone 8a) wrote:

Bloomed in November for me. So enjoyed seeing something blooming this late in the growing season.

Positive LauraSteele On Mar 2, 2012, LauraSteele from Fort Wayne, IN wrote:

I love this iris. It reminds me of clouds reflected in a clear blue lake in the summer. I moved and divided it in March of 2010 (I know, too early but no choice). Still got a couple of blooms that May. Bloomed like mad the next year and multiplied nicely. If anyone would like a rhizome, please email me at I have a couple to share!

Positive liliesandme On Aug 27, 2010, liliesandme from Statesville, NC wrote:

A vigorous, tough and beautiful plant! The scent is interesting. I call it a 'soapy' scent; that's the best way I can describe it. I can't wait to see them bloom next spring. They would've rebloomed for us here in NC (the buds were forming), but they had to be split. I shouldn't have waited until August, but I think they'll forgive me.

Positive Mrs_Ed On May 7, 2010, Mrs_Ed from Whiteside County, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

Love, Love, Love this flower. Very hardy for me, fall bloom the year after I planted it and a huge spring bloom year two.

Positive delft13 On Apr 26, 2010, delft13 from Waldorf, MD wrote:

I received this iris while trying to get some solid blue varieties, so I wasn't that happy with it at first, but this Iris is amazing! Blooms mid-April in Maryland, multiplies like mad, the blooms are large and perfect; moving it doesn't seem to faze it. Plants are strong and sturdy.

Positive Chere On May 13, 2009, Chere from Oakhurst, CA wrote:

I planted it in September 08 and it bloomed in May 09 here in California mountains. I will let you now if it reblooms for me.

Positive Mainer On Jan 27, 2009, Mainer from Durham, ME (Zone 3a) wrote:

A beautiful luminata that blooms a long time and is very vigorous in my zone.

Positive docturf On Sep 27, 2006, docturf from Conway, SC (Zone 8b) wrote:

Planted October 10, 2005; bloomed September 21, 2006 !!
It has multiplied rapidly (from a single "fan" to 4 "fans" as of this posting) and there are a total of 9 flower buds. This has proved to be an outstanding cultivar for me (coastal South Carolina). Docturf. Update (1-19-09) Clarence bloomed four (4) times in 2008 and of this date hast set 5 new buds. Unfortunately, we experienced a low of 24 degrees 3 days ago and the buds aborted.

Neutral Joan On Oct 18, 2005, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

American Iris Society Awards: Honorable Mention 1995; Award of Merit 1997; John C. Wister Medal 2000

Neutral MikenMyrtle On Oct 16, 2005, MikenMyrtle from Myrtle Beach, SC wrote:

First year plant here. Did not bloom in the spring but did bloom in the fall from late September through mid-October. Pretty, colorful flowers.

Positive Wandasflowers On Sep 25, 2005, Wandasflowers from Cedar Rapids, IA (Zone 5a) wrote:

Showy with crepe petals & waterspotted effect! breeder: Zubrigg1990

Neutral Elizabethtown On Jun 20, 2005, Elizabethtown from Hagerstown, MD (Zone 6a) wrote:

Clarence had a bad first year bloom. His S. & F. appeared to have blisters on the edges. Smell was ok wouldn't say its a heavy fragrance. I can see though that this is one that will rebloom here and that makes it a keeper inspite of the blistered effect.

Positive linjasar On May 24, 2005, linjasar from Upper Saint Clair, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

This is the first Iris to bloom each year, and the most likely rebloomer w/o extra effort. Large and showy, it stands out among all the others across the yard.

Neutral doss On Mar 14, 2005, doss from Stanford, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Tall Bearded Iris Clarence is a fragrant rebloomer that won the following awards: HM '95; AM '97; Wister '00.

Positive Margiempv On Dec 2, 2004, Margiempv from Oro Valley, AZ (Zone 9a) wrote:

Reblooms, eye catching!!


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

Phoenix, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Prescott, Arkansas
Pittsburg, California
Vista, California
Yosemite Lakes, California
Yulee, Florida
Rock Falls, Illinois
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa
Mc Gregor, Iowa
Oskaloosa, Kansas
Anacoco, Louisiana
Durham, Maine
South China, Maine
Hagerstown, Maryland
Preston, Maryland
Waldorf, Maryland
Belleville, Michigan
Blanchard, Michigan
Jenison, Michigan
Deer River, Minnesota
Florence, Mississippi
Madison, Mississippi
Tupelo, Mississippi
Richmond, Missouri
Weatherby, Missouri
Shepherd, Montana
Union, New Jersey
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Roswell, New Mexico
Santa Teresa, New Mexico
Concord, North Carolina
Statesville, North Carolina
Lawton, Oklahoma
Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
Sarver, Pennsylvania
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Conway, South Carolina
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Rapid City, South Dakota
Greeneville, Tennessee
Readyville, Tennessee
Chantilly, Virginia
Portsmouth, Virginia
Madison, Wisconsin

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